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In the blackout...

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1942 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Angrave, Bruce, born 1918 (artist)
    London Transport Board (issued by)
    Baynard Press (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR28

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.

Physical description

Black silhouette of a pedestrian with hat, umbrella, and briefcase walking next to a cartoon-like lamp post. Multi-coloured background in yellow, grey, blue and purple.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)


ca. 1942 (made)


Angrave, Bruce, born 1918 (artist)
London Transport Board (issued by)
Baynard Press (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

In the blackout
written in the graphic style of the London Transport logo

pause as you/ leave the station's light -/ and you'll see better in the night

Bruce Angrave
artist's signature

842.1721S. 1,250.

The Baynard Press


Height: 63.3 cm, Width: 50.7 cm

Descriptive line

Safety propaganda poster by Bruce Angrave promoting visibility strategy in the dark. UK, ca. 1942.


Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Lamp post; Transport; Safety; War


Prints; Propaganda; Transport; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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