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British World War II public travel time recommendation poster

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    British World War II public travel time recommendation poster
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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Text only, lithographic wartime poster used in Great Britain to promote public travel between times that would not interfere with the commutes of workers essential for the war economy. After the fall of France, in June of 1940, Great Britain was left alone to withstand the full force of the German military. The country needed every citizen to do their part and assist in national defense. The poster was issued by the Ministry of Labour & National Service and the Ministry of War Transport for publication by Her Majesty’s Stationary Office (HMSO). The Ministry of War Transport was created to control shipping, public and private transportation policy, safety, and the resources of Great Britain during World War II. The Ministry of Labour was responsible for managing Great Britain’s economy, including human and material resources, and turned it into a war economy focused on production for the war effort. Workers were tied to jobs that were considered essential and employers were prevented from terminating workers without permission from the government. The HMSO was founded in the 1780s to provide documentary support and paper based supplies for the British government. The office was instructed to supervise the printing of 78 million ration books and instruction manuals on everything from cooking to air raids before the outbreak of World War II.
    Title
    Travel between 10 and 4
    Date
    publication/distribution:  1939 September 03-1945 September
    Geography
    distribution: Great Britain
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Suzanne Herskovic Ponder
    Markings
    front, top, printed, white : Travel between
    front, center, printed, red : 10 / and 4
    front, bottom, printed, white : and don’t crowd out / the War Workers
    front, bottom edge, printed, white : ISSUED BY THE MINISTRY OF WAR TRANSPORT AND THE MINISTRY OF LABOUR & NATIONAL SERVICE / PRINTED FOR H.M. STATIONERY OFFICE BY J. WEINERLTD. LONDON W.C.I SI 9608
    Contributor
    Issuer: Ministry of War Transport
    Issuer: Ministry of Labour and National Service
    Publisher: H.M. (Her Majesty’s) Stationery Office
    Printer: J. Weiner Ltd.
    Distributor: British Information Services

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Posters
    Category
    War propaganda
    Genre/Form
    Posters.
    Physical Description
    Text only lithographic poster printed on medium weight, off white paper with large red text against a central white background. The poster has thick blue upper and lower borders with white text within. The bottom edge has a line of small white text. The back is plain white with a black stamp in the lower center. The right third is acid burned with a wide vertical band and text from contact with another object. Overall, the paper is yellowed from age and there are specks of white in the blue borders.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 14.500 inches (36.83 cm) | Width: 9.750 inches (24.765 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink
    Inscription
    back, lower center, stamped, black ink : BRITISH INFORMATION SERVICES / 30 Rockefeller Plaza / New York City

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    Restrictions on use. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum does not own copyright to this material. No information about the copyright was included on the Deed of Gift.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    Great Britain.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The poster was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2018 by Suzanne Herskovic Ponder.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-24 14:12:49
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