An advertisement poster for an exhibition of British aircraft on the John Lewis Bombed Site, Oxford St. W. I. by kind permission of the owners, from June 21st. 10a.m. to 8p.m. daily, Sundays included.
Come and see these actual 'planes and hundreds of other exhibits.
Aircraft featured on this poster include:
"British Jet" (Gloster E.28/39 prototype)
An original aircraft production poster depicting a flight of Hawker Hurricanes flying above a V for Victory with the RAF/Commonwealth roundel. In the background the profile of an airman in his flying helmet with goggles looks determinately ahead.
Artist: Taber, Russel A. J.
Published and distributed under the authority and direction of the Director General of Aircraft Production
Printed by MASSEY-HARRIS PRESS TORONTO, - CANADA
Donated to Canada's War Effort by Massey-Harris Company, Limited
The Massey-Harris Company (Limited) was an all-Canadian company specializing in tractors, plows, and threshing machines. There were 11 branches in Canada including Toronto. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the company was the largest agricultural company in the British Empire. By the 1940's the Massey-Harris Company had made several models of tractors and successfully made the world's first self-propelled combine. In 1953, the company merged with the Ferguson Company to form the Massey-Harris-Ferguson Company.
Director General of Aircraft Production
A E Mash, Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Aircraft Production
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited
De Havilland Aircraft of Canada was founded as a subsidiary of England’s de Havilland Aircraft Company in 1928. Examples of DHC aircraft can be seen in our museum hangar such as the wartime trainer Tiger Moth, which was produced at De Havilland's Downsview facility in Canada during World War II. The Mosquito, a multi purpose aircraft was also produced at the Downsview facility. The post-war trainer DHC-1 Chipmunk followed in 1946, de Havilland Canada’s first all-Canadian design.
A colour lithograph depicting a wounded soldier in uniform waving his peaked cap above his head while his left arm is in a sling. Other smaller servicemen can be seen at the foot of this primary figure, while a ship can be seen in the background.
A colour lithograph poster of the Vimy Ridge Memorial with the words from John McRae's In Flanders Fields.
THE TORCH: BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH!
IF YE BREAK FAITH WITH THOSE WHO DIE
WE SHALL NOT SLEEP, THOUGH POPPIES GROW IN FLANDERS FIELDS.
Artist: Filipowski, R.
Issued by the Director of Public Information , Ottawa under the Authority of Hon J. T. Thorson, Minister of National War Services.
The use of the words of Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae who served as a surgeon during World War I evokes the sacrifices of Canadians who fought in the 1914-1918 war. After the war, Canadians wanted to create a monument to mourn and remember the soldier's sacrifices, which saw the construction of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial built near Vimy, Pas-de-Calais, France. Designed by Walter Allward, the construction of the monument which began in 1925 took 11 years to build and cost 1.5 million dollars. The monument sits on the highest point of the ridge, known during the battle as Hill 145.
Three exuberant doughboys are pictured waving good-bye from the deck of a troopship as they clear port. Each is smoking a cigarette which was considered relaxing.
This is the only fund that supplies "smokes" to our troops ON THEIR WAY to France - Send your contribution - to Captain Samuel Frothingham. U.S.R. Treasurer, 25 Pine Street, N.Y. City.
An original wartime poster calling upon Canadians to donate funds to provide airmen with the means to earn their wings.
Issued by the Director of Public Information, Ottawa
under the authority of Hon. James G. Gardiner,
Minister of National War Services
An original propaganda poster encouraging the investment in Victory Liberty Loans for the war effort. The main image shows a surfaced U-Boat surrendering to an American warship in the foreground, while a large looming transport ship safely sails in the background.
Artist: Shafer, L. A.
Issued by the United States Department of the Treasury. War Loan Organization
This British recruitment poster depicts four sailors at sea manning the guns aboard a Naval vessel, calling upon volunteers to join the Royal Marines.
The corresponding recruitment offices on this particular poster are all locations within Scotland.
GLASGOW. 392 Argyle Street
EDINBURGH. 8 Johnstone Terrace
KIRKCALDY. 74 High Street
AYR. 1 Academy Street
DUNDEE. 25 North Lindsey Street
GREENOCK. 13 Watt Street
ABERDEEN. 46 Marischal Street
HAWICK. 44 High Street
Or to any Roya Marine Barracks
Published by the Admiralty Recruiting Department.
W. M. Smith & Son Printers. 55 Fetter Lane, London, E.C.
A Spitfire banking high over a Japanese aircraft carrier at sea.
Published by J. Howitt & Son
Another variant of this poster shows a British tank flying the Union flag while traversing over a shadowy hilltop with identical accompanying text.
Artist: Eveleigh, Henry
Issued by the Director of Public Information, Ottawa, Canada
An original colour lithograph poster with a young Canadian soldier as the central figure. His head is uncovered by the protection of a helmet and he holds his rifle and bayonet confidently at the ready as the Union flag flies at his back.
The illustrator, Henry Eveleigh was one of Canada's foremost educators in graphic design during the early 20th century. Born to British parents in Shanghai, China in 1909 he later studied at the Slade School of Fine Art in London, UK, before immigrating to Montreal, Canada in 1938.
Artist: Surrey, Philip Henry Howard
Director of Public Information
Minister of National War Services
Philip Surrey, a founding member of the Contemporary Arts Society, was a figurative painter with an enduring interest in human subjects within urban nightscapes. For most of his career, Surrey used Montreal as his stage, arranging lighting and figures - most often pedestrians - in compositions that revealed both the gregarious nature and the solitude of humanity. A friend and student of Frederick Varley, Surrey was also closely tied to many of the most important Montreal artists and writers of the 1930s and 1940s.
A colour lithograph depicting a young female US Army Signal Corps switchboard operator in the foreground. Over her shoulder in the background can be seen soldiers marching with an officer on horseback.
Artist: Underwood, Clarence F.
Born in Jamestown, New York, Underwood studied at the Art Students League and the Academy of Julian in Paris in 1896 with J. P. Laurens, Constant and Bouguereau. He returned to America around 1901/02 to work illustrating for postcards, literary works, and magazines, including World magazine and over 40 covers for the Saturday Evening Post World. Many of his paintings were romantically influenced, showing courting scenes from over the fence line to stealing a kiss over a chessboard. Underwood was a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City in 1910 and was on staff of the New York Press.
The Mortimer Co Ltd, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto
Canadian Forestry Battalion
A recruitment poster depicting a dog with Red Cross markings atop a hill while a city burns in the background.
EVEN A DOG ENLISTS WHY NOT YOU?
660 MARKET ST SAN FRANCISCO
Or Any U.S. Army Recruiting Station.
Published by Galloway Litho. Co. San Francisco
Artist: Moody, Mildred T.
A recruitment poster depicting a Canadian soldier on one knee using a field radio requesting 'Send more men.' Shadowy tree trunks can be seen in background.
Text asks the viewer WON'T YOU ANSWER THE CALL(?)
Published by Stone Ltd.
Issued by the Central Recruiting Committee, No.2 Military Division, Toronto.
An original aircraft production poster for Fleet Aircraft Limited.
Director General of Aircraft Production Advertising and Sales Club of Toronto Fleet Aircraft Limited.
During World War II Canada had risen its aeronautical manufacturing to new heights and turned the skies yellow over the British Commonwealth Air Training bases established across the country. To provide the thousands of trainers needed for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, traditional commercial aircraft manufacturers like de Havilland Canada, Fleet, Noorduyn and Fairchild built trainer aircraft, examples in our museum hangar include the Fleet Finch for elementary flying training and Fleet Forts for wireless operator training.
An original Canadian propaganda poster designed to encourage the purchase of Victory bonds, depicts a serviceman in uniform floating in the sea clutching a female nurse in one arm while shaking his fist at surfacing German submarine in the background.
Among the waves can be seen a lifebuoy with the name Llandovery Castle, referring to the HMHS (Her Majesty's Hospital Ship) Llandovery Castle, which was torpedoed while travelling from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Liverpool, UK on June 27th 1918.
The loss of life was great, including 14 nurses, and the subsequent machine-gunning of survivors in life rafts resulted in the sinking of HMHS Llandovery Castle as one of the worst atrocities and Canada's worst naval disaster of World War I.
One of the nurses who perished on that day was Mae Bell Sampson, who was the first nurse from Hamilton, Ontario to enlist in the war, and was known for her compassion with patients. A plaque at the Hamilton General Hospital helps us remember Sampson and her sacrifice to this day.
A Canadian Red Cross Society poster requesting sugar makers to donate maple syrup and sugar for wounded soldiers. The poster depicts a maple sugar farmer collecting a bucket of sap, while a Red Cross nurse carries a small plate of maple treats to a wounded soldier in a wheelchair.
Issued by the Canadian Red Cross Society
Published by The Montreal Litho Co. Limited.
Artist: Goldberg, Regina Seiden
Artist: Hider, Arthur H.
The call to re-form the Salaberry rifle regiments refers back to the War of 1812 between Britain and the United States, when Major Charles de Salaberry, a member of a distinguished Quebec family, was given command of a new regiment, recruited from among French Canadians, to defend against a possible American invasion.
Roberts and Leete, London
PARLIAMENTARY RECRUITING COMMITTEE
This recruitment poster calls upon Canadians to join the army by referencing those Canadian soldiers who suffered terrible casualties during the dual battles of St Julien and Festubert in April and May 1915. The Canadians sustained over 6,000 casualties - a third of the First Canadian Division, but still managed to achieve most of their objectives, including capturing the town of Festubert and securing the reputation of the Canadians as capable soldiers.
Gazette Printing Co Ltd, Montreal
Caffyn, W H
Haycock-Cadle Co, Camberwell, London SE
PARLIAMENTARY RECRUITING COMMITTEE
This original poster depicts a British soldier marching while smoking a pipe. The accompanying text at bottom reads: "'The moment the order came to go forward, there were smiling faces everywhere'. (Extract from letter written in the trenches of the Aisne by General Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien)."
A recruitment poster featuring four infantrymen in kilts carrying rifles marching together in step.
Eyre and Spottiswoode Ltd
Published by the Parliamentary Recruitment Committee.
An original colour lithograph recruitment poster to encourage enlistment into the British Army by Abram Games.