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Army News Room

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    London (printed)

  • Date:

    ca.1942 (designed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
    Army Bureau of Current Affairs (issued by)
    Henry Hildesley, Ltd. (printers)

  • 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.1889-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

World War II poster advertising the 'Army News Room', depicting an open news-sheet with 'good news' stories. The poster depicts a partially opened newspaper or book, which could also be seen as a building. The cover / wall is red, and has the words 'Army News Room' emblazoned on it, and at the bottom, a door through which a stylised and abstracted hand points. The hand is partly illuminated by a light shining through the door, which also casts light in the lower part of the poster. The cover / wall is open just enough so the second page, which is yellow and covered in newsprint, can be seen. Several stories covering the war can be read, with headlines like, 'Vital to Help Britain's Effort', 'Free Holidays for Children After the War', 'Three Brave Men', and 'No Night Bombs Here'. The yellow newspaper can also be seen through the word 'News' on the 'cover', which appears as if cut-out.

Place of Origin

London (printed)

Date

ca.1942 (designed)

Artist/maker

Games, Abram, born 1914 - died 1996 (designer)
Army Bureau of Current Affairs (issued by)
Henry Hildesley, Ltd. (printers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'ARMY / NEWS / ROOM'
Slogan, incorporated into the design. 'ARMY' in pink, 'NEWS' in yellow, with smaller black letters, 'ROOM', printed in black

'A. GAMES'
Artist's name, upper left corner of the image

'ISSUED BY A.B.C.A.'
Publisher's details, lower left corner

'PRINTED FOR H.M. STATIONERY OFFICE BY HENRY HILDSLEY LTD., LONDON. 51-303.'
Printers details, lower right corner

Dimensions

Height: 75.6 cm, Width: 49.4 cm

Descriptive line

World War II poster advertising the 'Army News Room', depicting an open news-sheet with 'good news' stories, designed by Abram Games for ABCA, London, about 1942

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Books; Newspapers; Hands; Doorways; Information; Newsprint

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Politics; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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