BRITISH WORLD WAR II POSTERS

During World War II Britain re-created the Ministry of Information formed in World War I as an attempt tp generate propaganda and encourage citizen support.

Grow your own

When Britain joined World War II, the majority of food was imported and only 30% home produced. British ships with important carriages were attacked by German forces which led to a shortage in supplies. Various campaigns started to spread across the country encouraging British families to grow their own food. The government was also keen to emphasise food growing in built up areas – small home gardens were called “Victory Gardens”. Campaigns were successful and the UK produced over a million tons of vegetables in 1943.

Source: www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/8928

Source: www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/10283

Careless talk

The purpose of this propaganda was to discourage people to talk about sensitive information in places where they could be overheard by enemies.

Source: www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/9810

Source: www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/9736

Source: historiana.eu/sources/show/careless-costs-lives

Keeping safe

During WW2 it was crucial to keep UK citizens aware of possible danger. This poster was made in 1939 when there was a prediction of heavy bombing in London and other urban areas. In the first wave of evacuation, more than 1.5 million were moved from their homes. This poster encouraged mothers to keep their children safe out of London.

Source: www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/29088

As the blackout caused an increase in personal injuries and accidents on road, people were ask to wear brighter clothes to be more visible. This poster was created by Fougasse (or Cytil Kenneth Bird), who designed it for free in belief that humour would unite the British people in joint action.


Source: www.iwm.org.uk/collections/item/object/9855

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