When thinking of war posters, the slogans ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ or ‘Make-do and Mend‘Â might spring to mind, or perhaps the darker ‘Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War?’ During the First and Second World Wars, posters were a vital method of communication; the government used them to increase morale, reduce panic and boost both agricultural and industrial output.
You could argue that theyâ€™re now embedded in the culture of the country. Itâ€™s highly likely every one of us will recognise Lord Kitchenerâ€™s ‘I Want You’ designed by Alfred Leete, in 1914. We have a collection of over 150 posters at Manchester Archives.
Take this poster from the collection ‘Which is it to be; Bonds or Bondage?’ issued by the War Savings Office in Salford (date not known), which is unique to the area. Continue reading »