Introduction

In the fifty-two years since the end of the Second World War, modes of historical study have changed greatly. Emphases of study have changed from the study of great men to the study of the ordinary people, and the issues that concerned them. The posters produced during the Second World War are a part of this history. Visually, they cannot be regarded as great works of art; neither were they intended as such by the…

List of Pictorial Illustrations

Due to a desire by the Ministry of Information (MoI) to remain anonymous information concerning Second World War posters is very scanty, with dates and details of artists rarely available. Unless otherwise stated, posters are British, and seen/assumed to be the most common size: 20" x 30", with reproductions taken from postcards or IWM copies. STILL IN PROGRESS Fig. Title 1 'Britons [Kitchener] wants YOU' Date: 1914-1916 Artist: Alfred Leete (1882-1933) Printer: Victoria House Printing…

Acknowledgements

My biggest thanks goes to Dr Martin Polley for his time, patience and unfailing enthusiasm for this dissertation. Thanks also goes to Derek Bunyard for time spent discussing some artistic aspects. Thanks is also given to the trustees of the Imperial War Museum (IWM), the Mass-Observation (M-O) archives, and the Public Record Office (PRO). Particular thanks for help goes to Jenny Wood and Michael Moody of the Art Department, and the Reading Room staff, at…

Synopsis

Including a look at the history of the poster in general, this dissertation concentrates upon some of the posters that the British government produced for the Home Front in the Second World War. It tries to comprehend whether the government attached any importance to such posters, any steps that were consequently taken to ensure that those produced were accurate and relevant, and any lessons that the government learnt from posters which were considered failures. Through…
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