Women of Britain Say 'Go!'

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM PST 2763
Department
Art and Popular Design
Production date
1915
Place made
Great Britain
Subject period
Materials
  • Support: paper
  • medium: lithograph
Dimensions
  • Support: Height 759 mm, Width 505 mm
Alternative names
  • object category: Poster
Creator
Category
posters

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Object description

whole: the image occupies the whole, with the title integrated and positioned across the top and upper left, in white outlined black. All held within a black border. image: a woman stands at an open window, accompanied by her daughter and son, watching British soldiers march past. In background are green hills and a clear blue sky. text: E. V. KEALEY. WOMEN OF BRITAIN SAY - 'GO!' Published by the PARLIAMENTARY RECRUITING COMMITTEE, LONDON. Poster No. 75 Printed by HILL, SIFFKEN AND Co. (L.P.A. Ltd.), Grafton Works, London, N. W.13741 25M. 3/15.

Label

This poster, produced by E V Kealey in 1915 for the First World War British army recruitment campaign, is indicative of the increasingly sophisticated and commercialised strategies employed by recruiters to encourage the British male to enlist. Rather than using a simple call to arms, the poster, on the one hand, pictures the women of Britain as defenceless and in need of protection while at the same time appeals to the same women to press their men-folk into service for King and Country.

Physical description

Parliamentary Recruiting Committee Poster No.75. W.13741. Single sheet, printed on one side only.

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