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Prisoners of War need your Help.

Send donations to the Red Cross & St. John.

Published: London: Red Cross & St. John, n.d. [after 1941]

Stock code: 67150

Price: £250

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This item is on show at 43 Dover Street (map)

Visually, and one would hope financially, appealing war-time fund-raiser. ” Upper three quarters of the poster filled by a black and white photograph. The lower portion is a red box with four lines of white capitalised text. The top line of text has a black drop-shadow. Below this is one line of black text. Either side of the text are the logos of The Red Cross and St John, on the right and left respectively.image: Eight men stand with their hands in their pockets outside a wooden hut looking directly at the camera. Some are wearing military uniforms. In the foreground, cutting across the whole image is a barbed wire fence” (IWM). The IWM dates the poster as “?1940,” but it must post-date July, 1941 when British POWs from Greece began to arriveat the camp at Wolfsberg, one of the largest camps in Austria, with up to 48,000 prisoners were incarcerated either there or in one of the many Arbeitskommandos in its orbit, the great majority of them French. Interesting insight into the nature of war-time regulation of materials is given by the instruction at the foot of the poster stipulating that; “By order of the Paper Control this Poster must not be affixed within 100 feet of another Red Cross Poster of any description.”

Sheet size: 790 506 mm. Large two colour poster, red and black on wove Slight fourway creasing, but otherwise in excellent condition.

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