Posters of the First World War

Posters of the First World War

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By (author) David Bownes, By (author) Robert Fleming

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  • Publisher: SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • Format: Hardback | 172 pages
  • Dimensions: 194mm x 194mm x 20mm | 540g
  • Publication date: 22 July 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747814287
  • ISBN 13: 9780747814283
  • Illustrations note: 40 MONO; 30 COL
  • Sales rank: 426,997

Product description

The First World War, a new low in the annals of armed conflict, coincided with a golden age for the relatively new art of advertising. Striking and colourful posters were produced throughout the years 1914-18 to recruit soldiers, promote investment, keep up morale and, naturally, to vilify the enemy; prominent artists including Alfred Leete paired bold images with punchy text to maximise impact. The selection in this book offers an informative guide to the range of posters created and to how they were displayed around the nation, and explores the public's increasing dissatisfaction with being patronised and goaded. From the iconic, commanding Your Country Needs You! to the anxious domestic scene of Daddy, What Did You Do in the War?, and including the infamous depiction of a bayoneting in Back Him Up!, this book puts the reader in the shoes of the Great War 'man in the street'.

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Author information

David Bownes is a museum professional with over 20 years' experience working in the sector, and is Assistant Director at the National Army Museum. Among his other books are London Transport Posters: A Century of Art and Design and Underground: How the Tube Shaped London. Robert Fleming is a Curator at the National Army Museum and has worked closely with the Museum's First World War poster collection; he has also worked at the Imperial War Museum. He specialises in British colonial and imperial forces, and has published on the Australian army in the First World War.

Table of contents

The Poster War / Posters of 1914 / Posters of 1915 / Posters of 1916 / Posters of 1917 / Posters of 1918 / Further Reading / Index