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Examine ladders before use

  • 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)
    ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) (publishers)

  • 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.873-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Poster encouraging safety at work depicting a ladder with a broken rung. Behind the ladder, viewed through the rung is the black sihouetted figure of a man on crutches.Below the ladder is the poster's slogan in large black letters, 'Examine ladders', and to the right and slightly below (in brown letters), 'Before use'. The artist has signed himself, 'Eckersley' along the top right inner edge of the ladder.

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)
ROSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'EXAMINE LADDERS / BEFORE USE'
Printed in black and brown

'IND/J/2'
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 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'
Artist's signature, along the top right inner edge of the ladder

Dimensions

Height: 76.2 cm, Width: 50.6 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

Safety; Health; Silhouettes; Prevention; Crutches; Blue collar workers; Ladders; Accident; Figures

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Health; Posters; Disability

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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