Keep Britain Tidy

Spurred on by the Reginald Mount posters on Ebay right now I have entered the world of the Public Information Poster. An unlikely book exists on the subject

Keep Britain Tidy: And Other Posters from the Nanny State (National Archives) by Hester Vasey

This collection of public information posters from the period 194575 is published in conjunction with the National Archives, where the original posters are located. The posters provide a fascinating insight into the policies and priorities of successive postwar governments, covering everything from the jobs people did, the food they ate, the amount of alcohol they drank and cigarettes they smoked to the wearing of motorcycle helmets and seat belts, road safety for children and Keep Britain Tidy campaigns. It includes almost fifty posters, over forty of them with perforations so they can be removed from the book and displayed.


I’m beginning to like these posters, take this Royston Cooper for example, or this Reginald Mount


What a fantastic take on a recycling symbol. Of course there is also the very famous Tom Eckersely which is fantastically simple but also features a rather spooky shadow man. So when I wake up tonight and see a shadow with eyes on my bedroom wall I will ……. head over to the nearest litter bin !!

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