Barnett Freedman (b.1901; d.1958)

freedmanportraitFreedman was a British illustrator and designer who produced many posters and book jackets for clients such as LT, Shell, the GPO and Faber & Faber. He was ‘influential in reviving and popularising colour lithogaphy as a medium for book illustration’ in the early 1930s. Some of his most successful work was for the Limited Editions Club of New York, including War and Peace (1938), and his classic stamps celebrating George V’s jubilee in 1935 ‘were widely acclaimed by philatelists and public alike’. Bartnett was a war artist during the Second World War, and designed typographical posters for GPO, including ‘Telegraph Less, Telephone Less’.

Information collated from: Livingston, A., and Livingston, I., The Thames and Hudson Encyclopaedia of Graphic Design and Designers, 1992, p.79; Anonymous, Image and caption, Advertiser’s Weekly, Vol. 123, No. 1,607, March 9 1944, p.247. See also Archives Hub.

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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.

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