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Stow tools safely - think of the man below (recto)

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1942 (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.1875-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Double-sided poster encouraging safety at work.
Recto: depicts the figure of a man casting a shadow, and standing below a hammer and nails balanced on a high shelf. At the top of the poster is the slogan in large black letters, ‘Stow tools safely’, and below the image, ‘Think of' in black, and in brown 'the man below'. The artist has signed himself, 'Eckersley '42' along the left-hand edge of the image, which is funnel-shaped.
Verso: shows a pair of hands thrust upwards, against a blue background. Above are the words, 'To prevent dermatitis', and at the bottom of the poster, 'Wash'.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

1942 (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

'STOW TOOLS SAFELY'
Printed in black, above the image, recto

'THINK OF THE MAN BELOW'
Printed in black ('think of') and brown ('the man below'), below the image, recto

'MLC/101'
The issue number is printed in the lower left-hand corner, next to the Society's symbol, a cog and a triangle, recto

'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.
At the bottom edge of the poster, printed in black, recto

'ECKERSLEY'
Artist's signature, lower right corner, recto

'TO PREVENT / DERMATITIS'
Printed, in white letters, above the image at the top of the poster, verso

'WASH'
Printed over the image, in purple letters, in the lower half of the poster, verso

'MLP/106'
The issue number is printed in the lower left-hand corner, next to the Society's symbol, a cog and a triangle, verso

'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.
At the bottom edge of the poster, printed in white, verso

Dimensions

Height: 75.7 cm, Width: 49.1 cm

Descriptive line

Double-sided poster encouraging safety at work produced by RoSPA, designed by Tom Eckersley (recto), and printed by Loxley Bros. Ltd, United Kingdom, 1942

Production Note

The duplicate listed in 'Related Museum Numbers' (E.263-2004) refers only to the recto side of this poster, by Tom Eckersley

Materials

Lithographic ink; Paper

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Figures; Hammers; Hands; Shadows; Industry; Safety; Health; Nails; Prevention; Men; Accident; Shelves

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Health; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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