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NEVER WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW - an original Second World War propaganda poster featuring British pilots and an excerpt from Prime Minister Winston Churchill's 20 August 1940 tribute to them
London: Printed for H. M. Stationery Office by Lowe & Brydone Printers, Ltd., circa 1940. This original Second World War propaganda poster featuring some of Winston Churchill's most famous words was printed for His Majesty's Stationery Office in London during the Battle of Britain. The poster measures 30 x 20 inches (76.2 x 50.8 cm), featuring six British pilots in flying gear against a blue and white sky upon which are printed the words “NEVER WAS SO MUCH OWED BY SO MANY TO SO FEW” attributed on the poster to “THE PRIME MINISTER”. Though undated, the presumed printing date is circa late 1940, after Churchill's 20 August speech to the House of Commons in which he uttered the words quoted on the poster. The bottom left margin of the poster is printed “PRINTED FOR H. M. STATIONERY OFFICE BY LOWE & BRYDONE PRINTERS LTD., LONDON, N.W.10 51-2038”. Condition is very good, particularly given the age and perishability. The poster remains complete, the image bright and clean, with no loss or tears and only trivial wear and soiling confined to the white border extremities. A horizontal and vertical crease testify to where it was originally folded into quarters, ostensibly for original distribution. The sole aesthetic detraction of note is a 3-inch long shallow triangle of old cello-tape near the top center of the poster that extends no more than .5 inch into the white border. The poster has obviously long been folded and stored, evidenced by a faint tape stain in the lower right margin, a mirror image offset from the tape in the upper margin. No stains or appreciable soiling are n … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA [San Diego, CA, U.S.A.]

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