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Don't Distract Your Mates

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1942 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Angrave, Bruce, born 1918 (artist)
    Loxley Bros. Ltd. (printers)
    Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (publishers)
    Ministry of Labour and National Service (issued by)
    National Service (issued by)

  • 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:

    E.710-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

This World War II-era poster designed by Bruce Angrave is a grim reminder of the serious injury or death that could result from inattention in the workplace. Many people's jobs during the war would have been for the direct benefit to the war effort. Angrave's image of a black tree, bearing the fruits of prosthetic limbs and a casket would also have served as a stark reminder of the war's physical toll on British soldiers.

Physical description

Coffin, weeping tree, crutches, prostheses.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

ca. 1942 (made)

Artist/maker

Angrave, Bruce, born 1918 (artist)
Loxley Bros. Ltd. (printers)
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (publishers)
Ministry of Labour and National Service (issued by)
National Service (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

These are the fruits of horseplay

DON'T DISTRACT YOUR MATES

Issued by the Ministry of Labour and National Service and produced by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, Terminal House, 52, Grosvenor Gardens, London, S.W.1.

Printed by Loxley Bros Ltd.

Bruce Angrave

MLN/130

Dimensions

Height: 74.6 cm, Width: 49.9 cm

Descriptive line

Propaganda poster by Bruce Angrave for safety in the workplace. UK, ca. 1942.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Crutches; Artificial limbs; Tree; Prothetics; Safety

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters; Disability

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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