F Jackson, of the London Fire Brigade Headquarters, proposed the idea of sending an exhibition of artworks by auxiliary firemen, to America for propaganda and fundraising purposes (half the proceeds of any sales would go to the Firemen's Benevolent Fund). It was decided that three firemen would accompany the exhibition: Rudolph Haybrook, Daniel Ivall and Clarence Palmer, and there was also to be a film to be shown. Before leaving for America, the works were exhibited at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. A catalogue of the show was also envisaged.
Due to enemy action the pictures left England much later than the firemen. The latter gave lectures and personal appearances and, in conjunction with the exhibition, it was felt to be a very successful tour, and a similar event was proposed to travel to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.
The file also includes some papers about other exhibitions to North America, particularly the large exhibition 'Britain at War' (qv).
There are also some papers regarding the gift of Paul Dessau's picture 'Evening on the River' to the WAAC for allocation to the nation, and statements of sales of the firemen's pictures in America.
The file is in two parts, as follows:
/75/1 = 01 Feb 1941 - 10 Apr 1942
/75/2 = 01 Aug 1941 - 05 Feb 1943