Fit Men Wanted
Original Posters from the Home Front
Recruitment posters were a key tool in getting men and women to enlist during the First and Second World Wars and public notices of all kinds were further used to inform and direct the population’s behaviour. This collection of 62 detachable facsimile posters ranges from the blunt ‘Men of Hull Get a Move On’ to the surprising ‘Attack With Your Wastepaper’ and ‘Sultanas are News’.
Your Country Needs You
The Secret History of the Propaganda Poster
Alfred Leete’s iconic image of Lord Kitchener pointing over the slogan ‘Your Country Needs You’ is a design classic which was widely imitated, for instance in the American designer James Montgomery Flagg’s Uncle Sam poster. James Taylor explores its influence on the propaganda posters of Allied countries in the First World War and beyond, while arguing that, since it originated as a magazine cover and postcard, its direct effect on enlistment was smaller than is commonly believed.
Vintage Posters From RoSPA's Archive
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has been helping people recognize risk since the increase in road traffic and traffic accidents during the First World War. Drawing on a recently discovered archive of artwork, this book looks back at how public information posters – dealing with safety at work and at home as well as on the roads – used slogans and colourful graphics to keep people safe in the period between the 1920s and the 1960s.
The Beano Poster Collection
8 Varnished and Ready-to-Frame Art Prints
The eight ready-to-frame posters in this collection feature Dennis the Menace, the well-known rascal of Beano fame, along with Gnasher the dog, Desperate Dan, the Bash Street Kids and other favourites. The brightly coloured and varnished illustrations, each depicting a scene of comic chaos, span five decades from the first Beano book to its 50th edition.
20 Iconic Film Posters
Film director Otto Preminger gave Saul Bass his break in movies, allowing the designer to carry through his ideas of creating a unified graphic identity for a film, removing sensationalist illustrations and images of the stars. This book reproduces 20 of his classic poster designs, from Vertigo and Spartacus to The Shining. The reproductions are printed on heavy board and sized to fit 12 x 16 inch (305 x 406mm) frames.
Posters of the Cold War
No sooner had the Second World War ended than the governments of the victorious powers were promoting their ideology (and the folly of the alternative) to their peoples and beyond. This collection of posters, many by leading artists, ranges from propaganda regarding the reshaping of Europe on either side of the Iron Curtain, and responses to the nuclear threat, to a selection of cinema posters for films encouraging a partisan reading of the political situation.
A Century of Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition has become a British institution, bringing the work of hundreds of artists to the public in the largest event of its kind in the world. The academy's archivist has compiled this collection of more than 70 posters designed to promote the exhibition, creating a unique record of a century of changing tastes in illustration, graphic design and typography. Each poster is accompanied by an informative caption.
Art Nouveau Posters
Masterpieces of Art
At the end of the 19th century, advertising and Art Nouveau joined forces in a new and vibrant art form – the poster. Created to promote everything from absinthe to bicycle chains, posters by artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec and Alphonse Mucha have outlived the products they so vividly advertise. After an introduction to their origins and cultural context, this book presents 100 posters, many of them now, like Steinlen's Cabaret du Chat Noir, iconic images.