Born in Yarmouth, Reginald Mayes’ career began in the design studio of the Eastern Daily Press in Norwich. He moved to London where he designed water marks for paper manufacturers and studied life drawing at the Regent Street Polytechnic and Lithography under Gardiner, Clive. In the early 1930s he became chief staff artist at the London Midland and Scottish Railway public relations department, designing leaflets and posters. In the Second World War, Mayes produced many posters discouraging railway travel with some humorous slogans such as ‘The signal is against holiday travel this Easter’. After the war he did freelance work before retiring to Kent where he relaxed painting landscapes.
Information taken from: London Transport Museum Database, accessed February 2000, see LTM information, and Online Exhibition: National Railway Museum reveals the rail story of Britain in World War Two.
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Mass Communications Academic, @MMUBS. British Home Front Propaganda posters as researched for a PhD completed 2004. In 1997, unwittingly wrote the first history of the Keep Calm and Carry On poster, which she now follows with interest.