H.G.Winbolt

Worked with Leonard Cusden, producing sixty to seventy posters a year for ROSPA, for distribution to factories. His designs tended to originate as ‘mind pictures or actual happenings’ rather than an illustrated thought, and he was responsible for hiring other artists. It is not entirely clear if he was actually an artist or not, but he was Head of the Industrial Department of ROSPA. He allowed artists to do their own work, limiting poster criticism Continue Reading →

H.S. Williamson (b.1892; d.1978)

Harold Sandys Williamson was born in Leeds on 29 August 1892. He studied at the Leeds School of Art between 1911 and 1914. In 1915 he attended the RA Schools in London, 1914-15 and was awarded the Turner Gold Medal. Initially turned down from the army in the First World War on health grounds, he joined as a rifleman in January 1916. He served in France, wounded by a grenade fragment on September 15 1916. Continue Reading →

Norman Wilkinson (b.1878; d.1971)

Norman Wilkinson was born in Cambridge, educated at Berkhamsted and St Paul’s, and studied art at Portsmouth and Southsea Schools of Art. Wilkinson did early work for the Illustrated London News and worked for them until he entered the Royal Navy [in] World War I. Wilkinson designed the successful multi-coloured ‘dazzle camouflage’ in 1917, used by the Royal Navy and adopted by the US Navy in 1918. After the war he emerged as ‘one of Continue Reading →

Norman Widger

Widger was Publicity Manager for G & J Weir Ltd, who put posters to music in factories. Information collated from: Shaw, C.K., ‘Works Relations’, Advertiser’s Weekly, Vol. 124, No. 1,618, May 25 1944, p.259. Second World War Posters 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. Continue Reading →

Victor Weisz

The cartoonist ‘Vicky’ was born Victor Weisz in Germany, of Hungarian Jewish extraction. He attended the Berlin School of Art, leaving when his father died in 1928, and published cartoons in German newspapers. As a member of the Jewish community with openly socialist political opinions, he decided to leave Germany once Adolf Hitler gained power. He settled in London in 1935, working on various newspapers and journals, including the Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, New Statesman, Continue Reading →

L.K.Ward (Captain)

Captain Ward was a winner of a poster competition for the War Office, organised by the Army Education Scheme. Information collated from: Anonymous, ‘Winning War Office Poster’, Advertiser’s Weekly, Vol. 127, No. 1,660, March 15 1945, p.362. Second World War Posters 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 Continue Reading →

Peter Varnon

Described by Advertiser’s Weekly as ‘youthful’, ‘bespectacled’, with a ‘scholarly stoop’, Varnon had joined the Merchants Navy Comforts Service (MNCS) in late 1942. Varnon moved from his own business, Peter Varnon and Associated Artists in Norfolk Street, where he had done work for the MOI until he felt compelled to take a permanent job with the MNCS. Working under T. Kirkland Bridge, Varnon’s posters aimed to avoid the ‘charity appeal’. Varnon produced the majority of Continue Reading →

Charles Uptton

Uptton appeared to specialise in religious imagery, including 121 images for the 1960s Egermeier’s Bible Story Book were ‘especially commissioned from the internationally known artist Clive Uptton’, and illustrations for various books authored by Hilda Rostron, including ‘The Lord’s Prayer’, for Ladybird. Information collated from: Exodus Provisions, ‘Exodus Provisions – Item Details’, http://www.exodusbooks.com/details.asp?ExID=4565, accessed October 3 2003; 12testing.co.uk, ‘Listing of Ladybird Books – Series 612 – Prayers’, http://www.12testing.co.uk/~easy/ladybird/60s/612/612.htm, accessed October 3 2003 Second World War Continue Reading →