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Poster - Think ahead, Write instead
  • Think ahead, Write instead
    Schleger, Hans, born 1889 - died 1976
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Think ahead, Write instead

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (printed)

  • Date:

    1945 (printed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Schleger, Hans, born 1889 - died 1976 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Courtesy of the Post Office

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2F, shelf DR77, box BRITISH MUSEUM POSTERS

This is a poster issued by the General Post Office (GPO). Hans Schleger (1898-1976) left Germany in 1932 to become one of London’s leading graphic designers. He was strongly influenced by European Modernism, in particular by the Bauhaus. During the Second World War he produced nine posters for the GPO. These reflected wartime concerns that customers should economise on resources. A particular concern was that they should free up telephone lines for official use by writing letters rather than telephoning.

Physical description


Place of Origin

United Kingdom (printed)


1945 (printed)


Schleger, Hans, born 1889 - died 1976 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph on paper


Height: 720 mm, Width: 910 mm

Descriptive line

Hans Schleger: 'Think ahead, Write instead'. Poster, Great Britain, 1945.


Printing ink



Subjects depicted

Fountain pens; Advertisements; Writing (processes); Communications


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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