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A collection of six original British Ministry of Aircraft Production posters from the early years of the Second World War, one featuring Prime Minister Winston S. Churchill and a quote from his 8 December 1941 speech delivered the day after the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor
London: Ministry of Aircraft Production, 1941. This striking Second World War artifact is a collection of six original British Ministry of Aircraft Production posters. This collection evokes the vital role of aircraft production in ensuring Britain's survival during the early years of Winston Churchill's wartime premiership. These six posters are clearly part of a concerted, sustained propaganda effort, each printed in similar hues of eye-catching vivid red or orange, all printed on wartime stock suited to their urgent, ephemeral purpose. The four appear to span 1941 to early 1942. The only definitively dated poster in the collection prominently features an image of Churchill above a quote from his speech of 8 December 1941, the day America formally entered the war after the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor. Testifying to the critical importance of air power, Churchill's final paragraph in that speech exhorted “all munitions workers and those engaged in war industries” to “make a further effort”, specifying that this applied “above all, to aircraft.” This poster measures 20 x 30 inches (50.8 x 76.2 cm) and is dated “12/41” at the lower left corner. The largest of the posters, titled “This is what YOU are making…”, features a detailed structural rendering of “The Handley Page Halifax II” bomber. This poster measures 39.25 x 24.5 inches (99.7 x 62.2 cm). The Halifax performed its maiden flight little more than a week before the Second World War began and entered RAF service in November 1940, the Mk II with more powerful Merlin engines appearing in early 1942. A ”WAR WORK P … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector [United States]
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