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 pictures. Largely a paintings artist, he experimented in poster design, with his design ‘did YOU tell the enemy?’ although a ‘horror’ poster, imparted ‘its message simply and adequately, the test of any good poster’. Whilst in the RAF Talmadge was engaged in cartography and painting in water-colours and oils, and provided art classes for RAF and Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) personnel.
Information collated from: L.A.C. ‘Artists in Uniform: R.H. Talmadge’, Art and Industry, Vol. 35, No. 208, October 1943, pp.121-123.