Object details

Category
Art
Related period
1945-1989 (production), Second World War (content)
Creator
Phillips, Tom
Materials

medium: portland stone

Dimensions

Mount: Depth 40 mm, Height 660 mm, Width 570 mm

Image: Height 1120 mm, Width 572 mm, 100

Catalogue number
Art.IWM ART 16337 b

Object associations

Related content

a portrait of the cartoon character the Squander Bug, set within a design of a 'Wanted' poster pinned to a wall. text: WANTED FOR SABOTAGE THE SQUANDERBUG ALIAS HITLER'S PAL KNOWN TO BE AT LARGE IN CERTAIN PARTS OF THE KINGDOM USUALLY FOUND IN THE COMPANY OF USELESS ARTICLES, HAS A TEMPTING LEER AND A FLATTERING MANNER WANTED ALSO FOR THE CRIME OF 'SHOPPERS DISEASE' INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS PEST SHOULD BE REPORTED TO W.F.P.299.
Second World War
Meet The Squander Bug
This unpleasant-looking character is called the Squander Bug, and it was created during the Second World War by artist Phillip Boydell, an employee of the National Savings Committee. The cartoon bug appeared in press adverts and poster campaigns as a menace who encouraged shoppers to waste money rather than buy war savings certificates.