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Print - First British St. Valentine's Day greetings telegram
  • First British St. Valentine's Day greetings telegram
    Whistler, Rex, born 1905 - died 1944
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First British St. Valentine's Day greetings telegram

  • Object:

    Print

  • Date:

    1936 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Whistler, Rex, born 1905 - died 1944 (designer)
    General Post Office (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour half-tone and letterpress on paper.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr A. J. Branston

  • Museum number:

    E.3778-1983

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case GG, shelf 191

Physical description

St. Valentine's Day greetings telegram, issued by the GPO 14 February 1936. Colour half-tone and letterpress, designed by Rex Whistler. A rectangular frame surmounted by a cartouche decorated with pendant garlands held up by winged cherubs at either side, against a backround of a starry sky.

Date

1936 (printed)

Artist/maker

Whistler, Rex, born 1905 - died 1944 (designer)
General Post Office (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour half-tone and letterpress on paper.

Dimensions

Height: 16.1 cm, Width: 21.1 cm

Object history note

For a note of the complete gift of greetings telegrams 1935-1982, see Calkin-James, Margaret, E.3774-3828-1983.

Historical significance: The first British St. Valentine's Day greetings telegram, issued by the GPO 14 February 1936.

Descriptive line

G.P.O greetings telegram designed by Rex Whistler, Valentine's Day, 1936

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Relief half-tone; Letterpress printing

Subjects depicted

Telegrams; Valentines

Categories

Prints

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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