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Title Address your Letters Plainly
Collection Imperial War Museum: Posters of Conflict - The Visual Culture of Public Information and Counter Information
Artist Eckersley, Tom
Printer Johnson, Riddle and Co Ltd, Penge, London SE20
Publisher/Sponsor General Post Office; HMSO
Creator Date Of Birth 30-Sep-14
Creator Date Of Death 1997
Concept civilian effort, communications, postal services
Description whole: the title reads left to right, across the majority of poster surface. The word 'Letters' is incorporated into the centrally positioned image.
image: a large red fountain pen and two letters placed upon a partially visible blotter.
text: ADDRESS YOUR LETTERS PLAINLY
GPO
ECKERSLEY.
PRINTED FOR H.M. STATIONERY OFFICE BY JOHNSON, RIDDLE AND CO., LTD.. PENGE. 51-2406 P.R.D 262(2)
Object pen, envelope, blotter
Id Number Current Accession IWM PST 3469
Location Creation Site Great Britain
Measurements Dimensions 268 mm x 1068 mm
Format Series Notes P.R.D. 262(2). 51-2406.
Event WW2 British Home Front
Related Country Great Britain GB
Biographical Notes Eckersley was born in Lancashire and studied at Salford College of Art. He worked in London as a graphic designer from 1934, in partnership with Eric Lombers until 1940. He was appointed teacher of poster design at the Westminster School of Art in 1937, working there until 1939.
He came to prominence as a graphic designer during the Second World War, designing posters for public service agencies such as the Ministry of Information, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, and the General Post Office. He also served as a cartographer with the Royal Air Force.
He established a successful freelance graphic design practice in 1945, working for various organisations, including London Transport, the General Post Office, London Press Exchange, W.S. Crawford, British Aluminium, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and KLM.
In 1948, Eckersley was awarded an O.B.E. for his services to British poster design. Additionally, he was a Fellow of the Society of Industrial Artists, a Member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, Governor of Gravesend School of Art, and Senior Lecturer at the London School of Printing and Graphic Arts from 1957 to 1976.
Text Language English
Rights IWM reproduction right
Style Period Period 1939-1945
Work Type poster

 

 

 

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