R.W.Elgar (Mr)

Members of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force and children are amongst those feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square in London. In the background, the base of Nelson's Column is covered in War Savings posters and one of the Trafalgar Square lions can also be seen. D 18302 Part of MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer
Members of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force and children are amongst those feeding the pigeons in Trafalgar Square in London. In the background, the base of Nelson’s Column is covered in War Savings posters and one of the Trafalgar Square lions can also be seen.
D 18302. Part of MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION Ministry of Information Photo Division Photographer

Elgar designed savings posters in the Second World War, and was responsible for the panels at the base of Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square, during Warships Weeks. He was also responsible for displays in early 1944 on Nelson’s Column. His poster designs for the ‘Salute the Soldier’ campaign were chosen because they were ‘not too warlike’.

Information collated from: Anonymous, ‘Services’ Savings Poster’, Advertiser’s Weekly, Vol. 118, No. 1,535, October 22 1942, p.70; Anonymous, ‘Salute the Soldier Posters “Best Yet”‘, Advertiser’s Weekly, Vol. 123, No. 1,599, January 13 1944, p.53

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