I’ve been rummaging around in the VADS picture archives again, and to my delight have discovered that the Imperial War Museum have uploaded many, many more war posters recently. I’m not even a quarter of the way through them yet, but this set did particularly amuse me. They start off fine, even if I don’t actually know what the first one is on about.
Even the next one seems fairly reasonable, if a bit depressing.
But they won’t stop there, oh no.
And although I can find it funny now, it probably wasn’t then. From this distance it’s easy to rhapsodise over the Blitz Spirit and everyone pulling together, but sometimes the Second World War must have felt like really grindingly hard work. Especially when you were being ordered about by posters like that one on every street corner and in every shop. It would have been enough to make me stay up late out of defiance. Perhaps it’s fortunate that they weren’t reliant on me to win the war.