These classic posters and unusual prints of vintage ephemera have become genuine historical documents providing a fascinating insight in to a difficult period of British history. Maurice Collins, a London-based collector of vintage posters and ephemera, has built this collection of vintage posters over a number of years.
Their visual, social and political content demonstrate the importance of the poster artist and the cartoonist in times of national emergency. These world war posters and others like them played an integral part in maintaining the morale of the British population. The imagery and colour in these World War 2 posters reflect the fashions and objects of the times and at a deeper level they illustrate peoples' attitudes and the government's approach to propaganda.
It is easy to be blasé now, but times were rough; as well as the bombs and rockets and the loss of loved ones, there was genuine hardship combined with real fears of invasion. The government launched a propaganda campaign to galvanize public support and recruited some of the nation's foremost cartoonists and artists in the ongoing battle for the hearts and minds on the home front and beyond. Whether or not you lived through the war years you will probably know many of the British poster slogans from WWII such as 'Careless Talk Costs Lives', 'Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases' and 'Keep Mum, She's Not So Dumb'.
The images here have been digitally scanned in colour and at high resolution necessary for large format printing at fine art quality for long-term domestic or commercial use. All of these vintage posters are available to order in a range of sizes and finishes including satin and gloss papers, fine art-papers or as box canvas prints and framed prints, with prices starting at just £15.00. Your order is printed on-demand and delivered directly to you - wherever you are in the world.
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