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  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    ca.1940s (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Eckersley, Tom OBE, born 1914 - died 1997 (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.1873-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR19

Physical description

Poster encouraging safety at work depicting a length of metal rope stretched taut. The central section has been highlighted with a magnifying glass, revealing a broken strand. At the top of the poster is the slogan in large black and blue letters, ‘Broken strands’, and below the image, in black, ‘torn hands’, and in blue ‘watch out for needling’. The artist has signed himself, 'Eckersley' along the lower edge of the cable.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

ca.1940s (made)

Artist/maker

Eckersley, Tom OBE, born 1914 - died 1997 (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

'BROKEN STRANDS'
Printed in black ('broken') and blue ('strands'), above the image

'TORN HANDS / WATCH OUT FOR NEEDLING'
Printed in black (first line) and blue (second line), below the image

'MLK/110'
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'
Artist's signature, along the edge of the cable

Dimensions

Height: 75.9 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

Materials

Lithographic ink; Paper

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Accident; Magnifying glass; Industry; Safety; Cables; Health; Prevention; Ropes

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Health; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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