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In the blackout...

Poster
ca. 1942 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Bruce Angrave was a member of the Society of Industrial Artists. He worked as an illustrator, designer and sculptor. His poster designs in particular were influenced by the geometric graphic styles of Tom Eckersley and Abram Games.
This poster is part of a series which Angrave designed for London Transport. The city continued to provide public transportation throughout the war, though this was made especially difficult during blackouts, when drivers could not use vehicle headlights. The blackout was designed to make it difficult for German bombers to find their targets in the dark. The campaign stressed passenger and pedestrian safety at these times, providing safety measures through a series of light-hearted, memorable rhymes.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Colour lithograph
Brief Description
Safety propaganda poster by Bruce Angrave promoting visibility strategy in the dark. UK, ca. 1942.
Physical Description
Man carrying white envelope is seen by lorry. Blue and purple vehicle appraoching black silhouette of a pedestrian with hat, pipe, and briefcase, holding white paper.
Dimensions
  • Height: 63.5cm
  • Width: 50.9cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • In the blackout (written in the graphic style of the London Transport logo)
  • when you're/ walking home/ at night- (blue)
  • wear or carry/something/ WHITE (purple)
  • Bruce Angrave (artist's signature)
  • 842.1861S. 1,250.
  • The Baynard Press
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
Place Depicted
Summary
Bruce Angrave was a member of the Society of Industrial Artists. He worked as an illustrator, designer and sculptor. His poster designs in particular were influenced by the geometric graphic styles of Tom Eckersley and Abram Games.

This poster is part of a series which Angrave designed for London Transport. The city continued to provide public transportation throughout the war, though this was made especially difficult during blackouts, when drivers could not use vehicle headlights. The blackout was designed to make it difficult for German bombers to find their targets in the dark. The campaign stressed passenger and pedestrian safety at these times, providing safety measures through a series of light-hearted, memorable rhymes.
Other Number
LS.1820 - Leslie Schreyer Loan Number
Collection
Accession Number
E.705-2004

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record createdSeptember 30, 2004
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