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Our Eastern Job

Poster
ca. 1944 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

The Ministry of Information had the task of disseminating ideas to the British public. Its aim was to present material that would intensify certain public beliefs - in this case, to support the war effort throughout World War II. To this effect, the Ministry staged a series of free exhibitions in central London's busy Charing Cross public transport station in order to expose Britons to pro-Allied forces propaganda. In this image, a hand [assumed British] symbolically removes Japan's sphere of influence from Asia Pacific.

It is interesting to note that Goebbels is said to have modelled the German Propaganda Ministry on the effectiveness of the British Ministry.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour photo-lithography
Brief Description
Wartime propaganda exhibition poster issued by the Ministry of Information. UK, ca. 1944.
Physical Description
Black & white photographic image of a hand crumpling a Rising Sun (Japanese) flag. The flag is being gathered away from the Asia Pacific region on a large globe. Text.
Dimensions
  • Height: 62.1cm
  • Width: 49.2cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • CHARING CROSS UNDERGROUND STATION (lower margin: white on black up to the 'O' in 'underground', then black on blue)
  • May 2 - May 28 - 9.30 TO 7.30 Sundays Included... Admission Free. Produced by the Ministry of Information
  • Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by W.R. Royle & Son Ltd., 51-200 (lower left)
Credit line
Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko
Subjects depicted
Summary
The Ministry of Information had the task of disseminating ideas to the British public. Its aim was to present material that would intensify certain public beliefs - in this case, to support the war effort throughout World War II. To this effect, the Ministry staged a series of free exhibitions in central London's busy Charing Cross public transport station in order to expose Britons to pro-Allied forces propaganda. In this image, a hand [assumed British] symbolically removes Japan's sphere of influence from Asia Pacific.



It is interesting to note that Goebbels is said to have modelled the German Propaganda Ministry on the effectiveness of the British Ministry.
Other Number
LS.1895 - Leslie Schreyer Loan Number
Collection
Accession Number
E.735-2004

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record createdSeptember 20, 2004
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