Keep Britain Tidy & Other Posters From the Nanny State
This collection of public information posters from the period 1945-75 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.
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Staff Reviews Keep Britain Tidy brings to life the growth of the "Nanny State" in post-war Britain, perfectly encapsulating the themes that dominated the period in a series of over forty vivid, detachable posters. From posters that call for workers during the post-war construction boom ("Come on Lads!") to those that expose Cold War paranoia ("Keep Our Secrets Secret"), the UK Government's aims and worries are laid bare by the posters it produced. Complete with detailed captions and an Afterword by Dr Hester Vaizey, the book would be of interest to art lovers, history buffs or simply those looking for a piece of history for their wall.
Edward Field Contracts Assistant