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Oil, wipe it up. . .

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    ca.1940s- ca.1950s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eckersley, Tom OBE, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
    Loxley Bros. Ltd. (printers)
    Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (publishers)
    Ministry of Labour and 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.872-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR27

Physical description

Poster encouraging safety at work depicting a stylised cuboid-shaped oil drum, coloured red, black and green. The drum has the word 'Oil' on its side. The top of the drum has part of a handle, and a circular lid. The lid has not been closed properly, allowing some of the green-coloured oil to spill and run over the side of the container, collecting in a puddle at the bottom. Beginning in this puddle, is the poster's slogan in large black letters, 'Wipe it up', and below this in slightly smaller red letters, 'Before it throws you down'. The artist has signed himself, 'Eckersley' along the top of the image.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

ca.1940s- ca.1950s (made)

Artist/maker

Eckersley, Tom OBE, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
Loxley Bros. Ltd. (printers)
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (publishers)
Ministry of Labour and National Service (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'OIL / WIPE IT UP / BEFORE IT THROWS YOU DOWN'
Printed in black and red

'MLB/159'
The issue number is printed in the lower left-hand corner, next to the Society's symbol, a cog and a triangle.

'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.'.
Printing and publishing information, printed at the bottom of the poster.

'ECKERSLEY'
Printed parallel with top edge of oil can

Dimensions

Height: 76.2 cm, Width: 50.5 cm

Descriptive line

Safety at work poster produced by RoSPA, designed by Tom Eckersley, and printed by Loxley Bros. Ltd, United Kingdom, 1940s or 1950s

Materials

Lithographic ink; Paper

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Accident; Safety; Prevention; Health; Oil; Containers

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Health; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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