National Volunteers Service

Poster
1939 (made)
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Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

During the Second World War, civilians were mobilised to participate in the war effort as never before. Where previously war had been the preserve of men, the scale of this conflict created important roles for women as well. In this poster, McKnight Kauffer uses the bold, geometric style for which he became famous in order to recruit volunteers to help the women's ambulance service.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
colour lithograph
Brief Description
"National Volunteers Service" poster by E. McKnight Kauffer for the Women's Ambulance Service. UK, 1939.
Physical Description
Multi-coloured text on black background.
Dimensions
  • Height: 26.5cm
  • Width: 107.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
  • NATIONAL VOLUNTEERS/ SERVICE/ WANTED FOR WOMEN'S AMBULANCE SERVICE
  • A.R.P. 3 (lower left corner)
  • 51/9252 (lower right corner)
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
During the Second World War, civilians were mobilised to participate in the war effort as never before. Where previously war had been the preserve of men, the scale of this conflict created important roles for women as well. In this poster, McKnight Kauffer uses the bold, geometric style for which he became famous in order to recruit volunteers to help the women's ambulance service.
Other Number
LS.2171 - Leslie Schreyer Loan Number
Collection
Accession Number
E.1071-2004

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record createdJanuary 10, 2005
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