Undergraduate Dissertation, 1997

This is available for inspection at Mass-Observation, Sussex University, and Department of Art, Imperial War Museum. These ideas have been developed further through my PhD work, but permission is given for non-commercial reproduction of quotations, provided that you inform me, and that attribution is given. ” British Government Home Front Posters of the Second World War: The Fourth Armament?” Dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the finals requirements of the BA Combined Honours in History…

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…

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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