scarf, 'Churchill'

Catalogue number
  • EPH 7821
Department
Exhibits
Display status
IWM London
Materials
  • whole: silk acetate (?)
Dimensions
  • whole: Length 836 mm, Width 850 mm
Alternative names
  • full name: scarf, 'Churchill'
  • simple name: APP
Category
souvenirs and ephemera

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Label

Second World War British propaganda scarf by Jacqmar celebrating the wartime achievements of Prime Minister Winston Churchill. Jacqmar of London made propaganda scarves from 1940-1945. They were based in Mayfair (16 Grosvenor Street) and many were produced for the export market as well as for wartime sweethearts, particularly in London. The chief designer was Arnold Lever who continued working for the company even after he had joined the RAF. The scarves fall into three main thematic groups of the armed forces, allies and home front. They usually have the Jacqmar name on the scarf.

Physical description

Propaganda scarf silk acetate (?) overprinted with various illustrations of Winston Churchill and famous extracts from his inspirational wartime speeches. The scarf has a wide indigo border around the edges with printed inscription in white which reads: 'We shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall fight with growing strength and confidence in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be'. In the centre is a large portrait of Churchill on Union flag backdrop, surrounded by numerous different illustrations all featuring Churchill and interwoven with white ribbons bearing more Churchill quotes, Churchill is depicted with aircraft overhead, at sea with the Navy, on land with the Army and standing alone in front of Westminster.

History note

Second World War British propaganda scarf by Filmyra celebrating the wartime achievements of Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Inscription

(1) We shall fight on the seas and oceans. We shall fight with growing strength and confidence in the air. We shall defend our island whatever the cost may be. (2) Give us the tools and we will finish the job. (3) Never... was so much owed by so many to so few (4) We shall fight on the beaches and landing grounds (5) I offer you the congratulations of Britain and America (6) We shall fight on the fields and street. We shall never surrender

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