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By Arthur Ward

In WW2 info leaflets and posters proliferated. infantrymen have been bombarded with box laws, airmen with the newest updates approximately airborne early caution, bomb attractions and radio navigation and sailors with fabric that helped them establish enemy plane and submarines and instructed them find out how to function the hot send board guns to break them.

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One reason for the new-found popularity of previously disregarded items is simply because their availability provides a pleasant surprise – they were never expected to have a long life. On the contrary, they were designed to have only temporary, ephemeral, appeal. Consequently most of these items were not saved; they were simply disposed of instead. Therefore they have, by default, become quite rare. Furthermore, given that the big ticket items that have been the traditional province of serious collectors for generations: military dress, regalia and certain medals and unit badges, are now regularly counterfeit, collectors are better off casting their net wider.

Otto Lehmann’s poster ‘Stutzt Unsre Feldgraunen’ (‘Support our Field Greys. Rend England’s might – subscribe to War Loans’), published in Cologne early in the war, is a strikingly descriptive example of the high quality of German graphic design so lauded by the post-war book War Posters. Issued by Belligerent and Neutral Nations (see below). Viennese painter, illustrator, industrial designer and graphic artist Erwin Puchinger was a major component of the Austrian art scene and a friend and contemporary of Gustav Klimt, among others.

Ironically, although it was printed and ready for distribution when the war started, this poster was only to be employed in the event of an invasion of Britain by Germany. As this never happened, the poster was never widely seen by the public. Collectors of wartime ephemera have a wealth of material to look out for. This naval signal from the First World War is particularly interesting. Sent from the Vice Admiral, it congratulates the efforts of the ship’s company of HMS Racoon for their part in saving the liner HMT Southland after it was torpedoed in the Aegean Sea by a German submarine in 1915.

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