Posters that helped defeat the Nazi war machine have resurfaced and are selling at auction - view our gallery of these powerful images. These rare and striking images helped inspire Britain to victory in the darkest days of the Second World War.
A collection of 150 is being sold today by the family of Ernest Bendell-Bayly , who ran a London design studio and kept copies of posters whether they made it into circulation or not. Many survived in mint condition.
The highlight is a Blonde Bombshell poster to recruit women to the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the ATS. Assistant auctioneer Rowan Cope said: “It had to be withdrawn because it wasn’t realistic. Volunteers got a shock when they turned up and they weren’t wearing lovely little berets and red lipstick. That makes it very rare and collectible.”
The collection includes designs never put into production which have never been seen before, including images of Adolf Hitler, his spin doctor Joseph Goebbels and Luftwaffe chief Hermann Goering. Britons were urged not to take too much time off, suggesting holidays would only help the Germans... (see more at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/ and http://ww2live.com/).
- BACK THEM UP Britians new Airbourne Army ges into action in Europe
- Back Them Up planes
- Buy Defence Bonds poster
- Great Britian will pursue the War Against Japan to the very end
- Our Heritage
- Salute the Soldier poster
- Smooth Finish Smooth Flying