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One of our fighters is missing

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1942 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (artist)
    Ministry of Labour and National Service (issued by)
    Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (publishers)
    Loxley Bros. Ltd. (printers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends of the V&A by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.1887-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR20

Physical description

World War II poster advertising the importance of safety in the workplace: a worker is absent from the factory because of an accident at work. The poster depicts a column of timesheets in pigeonholes numbered 71 to 79. All have a slip except for number 76, indicating that individual is not at work. A red arrow points to the empty space, and above it, running diagonally across the image is a grey banner with the words, 'one of our fighters is missing' in black letters. The lower third of the poster is coloured black with the words 'If you are off work with an accident'. The letter 'O' of 'Off' is of a larger size than the other lettering, and in the centre is simplified bed with a person lying in it.

Poster is backed onto linen, somewhat discoloured, with some cockling and folds, especially at top edge.

Place of Origin

Great Britain (made)

Date

1942 (made)

Artist/maker

Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (artist)
Ministry of Labour and National Service (issued by)
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (publishers)
Loxley Bros. Ltd. (printers)

Materials and Techniques

colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'one of our fighters is missing. . '
Incorporated into image, on grey banner running diagonally across the image, black letters.

'IF YOU ARE / OFF WORK / WITH AN ACCIDENT'
Incorporated into image, on lower section of poster, letters coloured grey, red, white and yellow. The letter 'O' of 'OFF' is larger than the others, and has a stylised image of a person in bed in its centre

'A. GAMES'
Artist's signature, upper right corner

'ML / 44'
Issue number, black typeface, next to the Society's symbol, a cog and a triangle, lower left corner of poster

'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.'
Lower edge of poster, publishing and printers' details

'THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART / 11 WEST 53RD STREET NEW YORK / NEW POSTERS FROM ENGLAND / ARTIST / TITLE ONE OF OUR FIGHTERS IS MISSING / CIRCULATING EXHIBITION NO. / MUSEUM NO. P-92 BOX NO.'
Recto: printed and typed onto adhesive label, stuck down

Dimensions

Height: 75.5 cm, Width: 50.9 cm

Descriptive line

'One of our fighters is missing. . .' workplace safety poster, designed by Abram Games for the Ministry of Labour and RoSPA, Britain, 1942

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Time sheets; Work; Beds; Safety; Arrows

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Health; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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