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  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Ministry of Information (issuer)
    W. R. Royle & Son Ltd. (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour photo-lithography

  • 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

  • Museum number:

    E.735-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 67, box E

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.

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.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

ca. 1944 (made)

Artist/maker

Ministry of Information (issuer)
W. R. Royle & Son Ltd. (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour photo-lithography

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

Dimensions

Height: 62.1 cm, Width: 49.2 cm

Descriptive line

Wartime propaganda exhibition poster issued by the Ministry of Information. UK, ca. 1944.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Exhibition; War; Hand; Flags; Globe; Propaganda

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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