Quoted in the Independent

Extract from John Rentoul Blog: According to a remarkable PhD thesis by Rebecca Lewis: ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ was printed and held in reserve for when the necessity arose, for example, a severe air-raid, although it was never actually displayed. Lewis does not say why it was held back. It may be that the tone seemed right before the German tanks rolled into Poland, but that, once the war had actually begun, it lacked…

The Formation of the Ministry of Information (PhD Extract)

Extract from PhD thesis. © Rebecca Lewis, 2004 (Extracted from the 3rd Chapter). Please note that this information is COPYRIGHTED, so please reference this URL, or the thesis itself. 3: Commissioning, Design & Distribution, with a particular focus on the MOI and the first posters produced This chapter focuses on the production and distribution of government publicity in the Second World War. The Ministry of Information (MOI) was expected to be the central governmental publicity machine,…

70 Years Since the Outbreak of the Second World War

So, here we are, September 3rd, 2009, 70 years after the Second World War was officially declared...  Some of the stories that have caught my attention: Guardian: Why did the Second World War begin? Terry Teachout: The War That Never Ends Poland/UK 70th Anniversary Ceremony The Daily Mirror looks back to its front cover in 1939, and compares the fight to the current one in Afghanistan. History Today collects some memories, click for all posts…

Sidney ‘George’ Strube (b.1891; d.1956)

Born in Bishopsgate, London, Strube first worked as a draughtsman for a furniture company before joining a small advertising agency. He studied at the John Hassal Art School after which he began producing cartoons. He sold his first work to the Conservative and Unionist magazine in 1909, soon after which he began producing a weekly cartoon for Throne and Country. From 1912 to 1948 Strube was the Daily Express's editorial cartoonist. For many of those…

E McKnight Kauffer (b.1890; d.1954)

Edward McKnight Kauffer was born in Great Falls, Montana. From 1911 to 1913 he studied evening classes in art at the Mark Hopkins Institute, San Francisco. In 1913 he spent six months at the Chicago Art Institute, at which time he attended the controversial 'Armory Show', which 'introduced modern European art to a sceptical US public'. Also in 1913, he studied painting in Paris (and Munich), sponsored by Professor McKnight of the University of Utah,…