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Suspended loads - stand from under

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    ca.1940s (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.1877-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Poster encouraging safety at work depicting the shadowy figure of a man below a suspended crate. The man, with arms outstretched, casts a long shadow across the floor, and the crate above him is tied with rope, and suspended from an unseen point. The whole poster is printed in grey and brown. Towards the top of the image, printed in white and brown letters, on the side of the crate, is the slogan, ‘Suspended loads’, and under the image, 'stand from under’. The artist has signed himself, 'Eckersley' at the bottom of the image. The poster is tall and narrow.

Place of Origin

London (published)

Date

ca.1940s (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

'SUSPENDED LOADS'
Printed in white ('suspended') and brown ('loads') on the side of the crate

'STAND FROM UNDER'
Printed in black, below the image

'ML/82'
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, at the bottom of the image

Dimensions

Height: 76.4 cm, Width: 25.2 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

Floors; Ropes; Safety; Health; Men; Accident; Shadows; Crates; Blue collar workers; Silhouettes; Prevention; Industry; Figures

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Health; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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