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’,, accessed October 3 2003;, ‘Listing of Ladybird Books – Series 612 – Prayers’,, accessed October 3 2003 Second World War Continue Reading →

Charles E. Turner (b.1893; d.1965)

Charles E Turner was born in Lancaster, but based in Liverpool, an artist who specialised in landscape and marine views. Proficient in watercolours and oils, Turner exhibited at the RA in London as well as Manchester and Liverpool. Turner fought in both the First and Second World Wars, as a captain in the Fleet Air Arm, combining active service with service as a war artist, signing his work C.E. Turner. Inter-war Turner had developed series Continue Reading →

A.R. Thomson

Thomson was the illustrator on the book Iolaire Forth from the Wilderness in 1937. Thomson was personally commissioned to do work for the MOI by Edwin Embleton. Sometimes spelt A.R. Thompson, he designed posters for the ‘Make your money provide the driving power’ campaign for the GPO in 1943. He was a member of the London Sketch Club in the 1970s, by which point he was also a member of the RA. Information collated from: Continue Reading →

Bert Thomas (b.1883; d.1966)

Bert Thomas was born in Newport, Wales to Job Thomas, a sculptor. When he left school he was apprenticed as a commercial metal engraver, specialising in the design of brass door plates. In the early 1900s Thomas moved to London and his work began to make his war in to magazines and newspapers, and he ‘quickly made his way to the front rank of humorous cartoonists’. His work was published in Punch Magazine, Evening News, Continue Reading →

Fred Taylor (b.1875; d.1963)

Fred Taylor was born in London on March 22 1875, the son of William Taylor. Taylor studied briefly at Goldsmith’s College, London, where he won a gold medal for his posters, and a travelling scholarship to study in Italy. At some point working in the Waring and Gillow Studio, Taylor was a poster artist, illustrator, decorator and a watercolourist. Particularly noted as a poster artist from 1908 to the 1940s, and was regularly commissioned by Continue Reading →


Talmadge joined the RAF in 1940, having previously studied package design under Milner Gray, and ‘was in control of the packaging of a firm of canners and packers of food products for the Home and Export Markets’. The RAF gave him the ‘opportunity to study various types of aircraft and their appearance on the ground and in the air’. His images tended to depict aerial combat, and he ‘has infused a dramatic sense’ into his Continue Reading →

R. Sturbelle

Worked at the Belgian Information Centre in New York, USA. Information collated from: Minneapolis Public Library, ‘War Posters from the Kittleson Collection’,,+R., last updated September 19 2003, accessed March 25 2004 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. Like Continue Reading →