Forties Frugality is Back

We mentioned before that the Imperial War Museum is re-using posters from the Second World War to encourage us into good habits to get through the recession! Following the Twitter feed of Mrs Sew & Sew, the campaign is definitely being noticed!  Sarah Mower, Prêt-à-rapporter: This week: Forties frugality, cardie codes and the new nudes, 14 Apr 2009 More of Interest? My Google Alerts is bringing in the usual run of online stores jumping on the bandwagon and…

Second World War posters continue to fascinate many!

The National Archives: The Art of War  In 2005, whilst The National Archives were looking for artist biography material, they came across my website www.ww2poster.co.uk, read about my PhD thesis, and decided they needed my expertise. I was contracted in as an editorial consultant. It was a great opportunity to go behind the scenes at the National Archives (where "all" (well, about 3% per year) of government records are housed at Kew. I'd already spent weeks…

Imperial War Museum recruits Mrs Sew and Sew

 Mrs Sew and Sew Engages with New Technology  The other week I referred to the Imperial War Museum's information 'Top Tips for Tough Times', using advice from the 1940s to those of us stuck in the noughties recession. What they didn't mention there (a trick missed, I feel), was that they had also set up a blog, and a Twitter feed... a real innovative use of modern technology to bring out relevant information from the…

ww2poster Blog

I've added a new, more specialist, blog on WordPress: http://ww2poster.wordpress.com/. I will be back with this one too... but I have lots to say on posters, and with the whole furore over the Keep Calm and Carry On posters, it seems people are interested!

1939: The Three Posters (PhD Extract)

On seeing Paul Matson's re-interpretation of the series of the first three posters, I thought I'd add an extract from my PhD thesis (please reference me if you quote... I have noticed phrasings very similar to my thesis surrounding this story, mostly collated from my original research). It was great to hear last week that my PhD thesis is being digitised by the British Library (which only happens if there is enough demand to read…