Vote for Martin Who Has Done His Bit

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  • Art.IWM PST 12167
Art and Popular Design
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IWM London
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Great Britain
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: letterpress
  • whole: Height 890 mm, Width 574 mm
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  • object category: Poster

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whole: the title and text occupy the whole, in black, and set against a white background. image: text only. text: ABOLISH CONSCRIPTION SACK D.O.R.A. MAKE THE HUNS PAY PUNISH THE CRIMINALS BE KIND TO JACK AND TOMMY AWAY WITH BOLSHEVISM VOTE FOR MARTIN WHO HAS DONE HIS BIT. Printed and Published by Wilson and Whitworth Ltd., Essex Times Office, Romford.


The Defence of the Realm Act (D.O.R.A.) was passed by the British Parliament in August 1914. The Act entitled the Government to exercise wide-ranging powers over the population, including censorship of newspapers and publishers, imprisoning of suspects without trial and the commandeering of resources for the war effort. Licensing hours were also restricted. The legislation proved contentious in Britain’s traditionally laissez-faire society and the unpopular decision to not repeal this legislation became an issue of the December 1918 General Election. D.O.R.A. was eventually replaced by The Emergency Powers Act in 1920.

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Other campaign posters for the same candidate include PST 12172, PST 12168, PST 12170, PST 12169, PST 12189 and PST 12171.



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