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Take Warning - wear goggles or use the screen

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    ca.1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eckersley, Tom OBE, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
    Mills, Arthur George, born 1907 (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.259-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR7

Physical description

Double-sided safety at work poster produced by RoSPA.
Recto: 'Take warning - wear goggles or use the screen', safety poster the head of a man wearing an eye-patch. The face is no fully illustrated, but seen from a three-quarter view, the edges blurred, and there is a white square in the area surrounding the black eye-patch. The poster is signed 'Eckersley' along the back of the man's neck.

Verso: This poster, which looks towards the Modernist style, depicts the stylised interior of a factory, coloured orange, brown and black. Machines are seen in close-up, an orange diagonal strip stands for the floor, and beyond this are the dark forms of more machinery. At the bottom of the image, in the shade of the foremost machine is the poster's slogan in large letters, 'Keep that gangway clear', in brown, red and black letters. The artist has signed himself, ''Arthur G Mills'' in the top right corner of the image.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

ca.1940s (made)

Artist/maker

Eckersley, Tom OBE, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
Mills, Arthur George, born 1907 (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

'TAKE WARNING / WEAR GOGGLES / OR USE THE SCREEN'
The first line is printed in brown above the image, the second below the image, and the third, also below the image, is printed in black, recto.

'Keep that / GANGWAY / CLEAR'
Printed below the image, diagonal - parallel with the point of perspective, the first line brown, and the others a mixture of black and red, verso.

'MLM/99'
The issue number (recto) printed in the lower left-hand corner, next to the Society's symbol, a cog and a triangle.

'MLM/102'
The issue number (verso) 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 on both sides.

'ECKERSLEY'
Artist's signature, recro, printed black

'ARTHUR / G. MILLS'
Artist's signature, printed brown, upper right corner of the image, verso

Dimensions

Height: 76.1 cm, Width: 49.9 cm

Descriptive line

Double-sided safety at work poster produced by RoSPA, designed by Tom Eckersley (recto) and Arthur G. Mills (verso), and printed by Loxley Bros. Ltd, United Kingdom, 1940s

Materials

Lithographic ink; Paper

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Prevention; Accident; Factories; Safety; Blue collar workers; Health; Eyepatch; Faces; Men; Machinery

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Health; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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