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WILL YOU GIVE AN EXTRA PENNY EACH WEEK.? - an original Second World War poster soliciting funds for MRS. CHURCHILL'S RED CROSS "AID TO RUSSIA" FUND
Red Cross & St. John Fund circa 1941, London. This original poster from early during the Second World War testifies to both the British wartime alliance with Russia and the important role played by Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s wife, Clementine, in rallying material and moral public support for that wartime alliance.This circa 1941 poster measures roughly 20 x 30 inches (50 x 75 cm). Printed in blue, black and red on thin white stock, the poster is both striking and perishable. This is the first copy we have offered. The image is of a sailor clambering into a life raft below the printed headline "HE DIDN’T HESITATE TO FACE EXTRA DANGERS" (with "EXTRA" in red print). The image was topical given the tremendous shipping losses to U-boats, the cost of sustaining Britain - and of Britain sending material aid to Russia. Centered below the image is a large white box with black print "WILL YOU GIVE AN | EXTRA PENNY EACH WEEK | TO THE RED CROSS | & ST. JOHN?" The "EXTRA" in red echoes that in the headline. Below the box, printed in white on the illustrated stormy blue sea background, is the statement "A QUARTER OF EVERY CONTRIBUTION GOES TO MRS. CHURCHILL’S | RED CROSS "AID TO RUSSIA" FUND". Diminutive print in the bottom white center margin reads "Red Cross & St John Fund, registered under the War Charities Act, 1940" with "F.7." printed at the lower right. Condition of the poster approaches very good. The poster remains complete and unrestored, the colors vivid, the surface respectably clean. Minor wear and wrinkling to extremities are substantially confined to the margins. T … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Churchill Book Collector ABAA/ILAB/IOBA [San Diego, CA, U.S.A.]
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