“ It seems as if Jamieson and Child stare down at you from every billboard in this city”.
|A poster exhibit form the special World War One|
exhibition at Farnham Museum , Surrey.
Fashion being made to look
unpatriotic and frivolous
“ Your Country needs you”
But it's an Urban Myth !:
|Local Recruitment Poster for|
October 1915 for Farnham.
Exhibit at Farnham Museum Surrey
There were no established agencies as such for propaganda so at Wellington House, in Buckingham Gate a group was set up to work on the task.
Conscription had not been introduced at that time so the messages had to be highly persuasive.
They often appealed to emotional motivators of national loyalty, sense of duty, joining the lads at the front of the British Expeditionary Force.
"it will all be over by Christmas”
|Poster from the exhibition|
at London's British Library
They were told that they could manage and indeed were capable of taking on the role of men’s work while their men folk were away at the front.
|Poster from London's |
British Library exhibition
combined with vibrant design trends produced many interesting visual works
As mechanised warfare and the use of poison gas brought about huge casualties, it was increasingly difficult to get men to enlist.
|Appeal for help|
from Exhibition at British Library
Posters were used to inspire ........
|Poster from London, British Library Exhibition |
Posters were employed widely to garner support, urge action, and boost morale
The poster was also a major tool for widespread dissemination of information during World War One.
Foreign Secretary Sir Edward Grey, “ The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime.” August 1914
Even Piccadilly Circus lights in London are joining #LightsOut
Poster Power : BBC News feature by Adam Eley
Enduring War Grief Grit and Humour British Library Exhibition