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British World War II home front travel time advisory poster

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    Brief Narrative
    Small 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.
    To those who can choose their travelling hours
    publication/distribution:  1939 September 03-1945 September
    distribution: Great Britain
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Suzanne Herskovic Ponder
    front, center, printed, red and black ink : TO THOSE WHO CAN CHOOSE THEIR TRAVELLING HOURS / Don’t start the trip till after 10 / Be back again by 4 / War-workers must be carried if / We mean to win the war
    front, bottom left, printed, black ink : Printed for H.M. Stationery Office by Wm. Brown & Co. Ltd., London, E.C.3 51-9597
    front, bottom right, printed, black ink : Issued by the Ministry of War Transport and Ministry of Labour and National Service
    Issuer: Ministry of War Transport
    Issuer: Ministry of Labour and National Service
    Publisher: H.M. (Her Majesty’s) Stationery Office
    Printer: Wm. Brown & Co. Ltd.
    Distributor: British Information Services

    Physical Details

    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Horizontal banner poster printed on medium weight off white paper with one line of red text followed by four lines of black printed text in the center. Flanking the text are two images. The left image shows two women sitting on a bench. The woman on the left is older and wears a blue knee length coat with a thick, white fur collar, and has a basket of goods on her lap and another at her feet. The woman on the right wears a red knee length coat, has a child on her lap with boxes and bags by her feet. The right image shows a woman in a blue uniform with a red satchel standing on a trolley with her hand raised, facing a man in a blue suit with a red box slung over his shoulder, attempting to board with more people waiting. The back has a black stamp on the right side and is acid burned with an image from being in contact with another poster.
    overall: Height: 6.000 inches (15.24 cm) | Width: 20.000 inches (50.8 cm)
    overall : paper, ink
    back, 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

    The poster was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2018 by Suzanne Herskovic Ponder.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-24 14:12:37
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