Posters

Poster; Wear or carry something white, by Bruce Angrave, 1942
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1942
Collection : Posters
Object location : Acton Depot
Reference number : 1983/4/5552
Size : H 623mm, W 502mm
Print code : 842/1861S.1,250
Publisher : London Transport : 1942
Printer : The Baynard Press
Mode : Bus, Walking
Content text : In the Blackout When you're walking home at night - Wear or carry something White
Additional information : Blackout restrictions were applied in London in September 1939 as a defence against air raids. Street lighting was reduced, buses had headlamp covers fitted and their internal lighting was shaded. This made the smooth and safe running of services difficult for both passengers and staff. This poster was commissioned by London Transport in 1942, and formed part of a series by the artist Bruce Angrave. His light-hearted designs carried a serious message regarding the particular hazards of the Blackout. This edition advises pedestrians to wear or carry something white so that they could be seen more easily.
Title : Wear or carry something white
Colour : Blue,Purple
Printed by : The Baynard Press
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The Underground Group, and later London Transport, produced a wide variety of public information posters during the First (1914-18) and Second (1939-45) World Wars. The majority of wartime posters advised staff and passengers on emergency rules and regulations. Others were more overtly patriotic, often focussing on the valuable war work undertaken by transport employees. Some First World War Underground posters even urged onlookers to enlist with the armed forces. During the Second World War, posters were also used to explain tube 'etiquette' to the vast numbers of war workers and servicemen using the underground for the first time.
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Wartime conditions called for new posters advising passengers on changes to the transport system. Hans Schleger ('Zero'), James Fitton and David Langdon produced designs during the Second World War concerning the blackout, air raids and anti-blast window netting on buses and tubes. Other regulations related to the threat of gas attack and the use of public transport to evacuate children and others from the city.
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