Quad Royal

A beautiful little site which includes lots of information from someone who worked in the field, and collects small vintage posters from ebay, etc. 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. https://twitter.com/ww2poster Like it? Share it…

Frank Wootton

Studied at Eastbourne College of Art under Eric Ravilious, Wootton (sometimes mis-spelt Wooton) was a painter of a range of subjects, including landscapes and equestrian subjects, as well as the aviation images that he is best known for. Personally commissioned to do work for the MOI by Edwin Embleton, the Canadian Museum of Flight described Frank Wootton as ‘The Dean of Aviation Art’: ‘A class, traditional painter, his aircraft “fly”; his clouds “move”, and his Continue Reading →

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 →