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 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.
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
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.
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 training.
An original colour lithograph recruitment poster to encourage enlistment into the British Army by Abram Games.
An original colour lithograph recruitment poster for radiolocation operators in the Royal Artillery Corps and the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.
Published by H.M. Stationery Office, printed by Greycaine Limited, 1941.
An original colour lithograph recruitment poster to encourage volunteers to join the Auxiliary Territorial Services (ATS) by Abram Games. Its image had been described as too "Russian."
Published by H.M. Stationery Office, printed by Greycaine Limited.
An original recruitment poster by Abram Games encouraged volunteers to join the Royal Army Medical Corps parachute units. Games spent several days photographing the 1st Airborne Division in preparation for this work.
An original colour lithograph recruitment poster to encourage young women to join the Auxiliary Territorial Services (ATS). Join the ATS, or the 'Blonde Bombshell' was one of the first Army posters designed by the Abram Games. 10,000 of these recruiting posters were printed in 1941, however, the poster was later recalled after only five weeks. This was due to a heated Parliamentary debate headed by Thelma Cazalet-Keir MP, she referred to the poster as the 'Glamour Girl' and further stated "It is not the kind of poster that would encourage mothers to send their girls into the Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS). It's more like a beauty product advertisement."