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Poster - Little scraps of information can add up to a whale of a lot.....and the net is wide! Keep Our Secrets Secret
  • Little scraps of information can add up to a whale of a lot.....and the net is wide! Keep Our Secrets Secret
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Little scraps of information can add up to a whale of a lot.....and the net is wide! Keep Our Secrets Secret

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (published)

  • Date:

    1960 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mount, (Edward) Reginald, born 1906 - died 1979 (designer)
    Evans, Eileen Margaret, born 1921 (designer)
    Central Office of Information (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph and colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Eileen Evans

  • Museum number:

    E.450-1995

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 70, box D

Although Western democratic states largely withdrew from the production of explicitly graphic political propaganda after the Second World War ended in 1945, a small number of Cold War posters were produced. This British poster, for display in Government and military offices dealing with 'sensitive' material, reminded employees of the interest that Britain's enemies might have in 'Eastern Europe', 'NATO' and 'nuclear power' (all scraps of sentences reproduced on the fishes). While not explicitly anti-Soviet, it drew on the fear of infiltration and espionage that fuelled Cold War paranoia and East-West enmity.

Physical description

portrait format poster printed in blue and black and white. Image of fishing net in black agains blue ground, angled to catch small white 'fish' depicted as fish shaped fragments of paper densely covered with text. Captioned at top left 'Little scraps.....net is wide!' and at bottom left 'Keep Our Secrets Secret.'

Place of Origin

Great Britain (published)

Date

1960 (published)

Artist/maker

Mount, (Edward) Reginald, born 1906 - died 1979 (designer)
Evans, Eileen Margaret, born 1921 (designer)
Central Office of Information (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Offset lithograph and colour lithograph on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Mount/Evans
Signature; bottom corner of right margin; Offset lithography

Issued by HM Government etc. Printed for her Majesty's Stationery Office
Distributor's identification; Offset lithography

Dimensions

Height: 764 mm sheet, Width: 508 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Government Cold War propaganda poster by Reginald Mount and Eileen Evans. UK, 1960. printed by Multi Machine Plates Ltd.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Taken from R.P. 95/580

Production Note

Poster issued by the Central Office of Information

Attribution note: Issued by the Central Office of Information
Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Lithographic ink

Techniques

Colour offset lithography

Subjects depicted

Government Intellegence; Fish; Spying; Espionage

Categories

Propaganda; Sport; Politics; Prints; Posters

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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