Posters

Poster; Our heritage Winston Churchill, by Robert Sargent Austin, 1943
Poster with a portrait of Winston Churchill featuring quotes from a speech of his. Made as a part of the Our Heritage series
Simple name : Poster
Date : 1943
Collection : Posters
Object location : Covent Garden
Reference number : 1983/4/5621
Size : H 623mm, W 502mm
Associated person : Winston Churchill
Reproduced in : London Transport Posters. A Century of Art and Design, edited by David Bownes and Oliver Green, Lund Humphries, 2008.
Publisher : London Transport : 1943
Printer : The Baynard Press : 1943
Content text : OUR HERITAGE Printed for the passengers and staff of London Transport to recall other occasions of the nation's will and high purpose. We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and on the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender...until, in God's good time, the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old. The Rt. Hon. WINSTON S. CHURCHILL, P.C., M.P., after the collapse of France, June, 1940
Title : Our heritage; Winston Churchill
Colour : Black,Blue
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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There was a marked difference between 'propaganda' posters produced by the transport companies during the two wars. Those published by the Underground Group in the Great War (1914-18) presented the conflict as an idealised struggle and urged men to enlist. LT's war posters (1939-45) stressed the individual's role in helping the war effort at home, reinforced with examples from history and the Blitz In both cases, the approach taken reflected the wider poster campaigns of the British government
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