Catalogue description Colonial Office: Empire Marketing Board: Posters

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Reference: CO 956
Title: Colonial Office: Empire Marketing Board: Posters

This series contains copies of posters which were issued by the Empire Marketing Board from 1927 to 1933.

Date: 1926-1939

The piece description gives the original title of each poster or a description of it or part or all of its wording or caption. The name of the artist is also given where identified. The former reference, as given by the Empire Marketing Board, is an important indication of the nature of the posters. The major series was issued in sets of five plus a top caption, catalogued, and on the whole published chronologically, in the sequence A to Z, followed by AA to AZ, BA to BZ, CA to CZ, DA to end.

Some posters were especially reprinted by the Board and given the additional prefix R. The series with the prefix CL are 'Contract Labels' and those with the prefix CON are 'Contract Posters'. The series of large posters with the prefix HDG are 'Hoarding Posters'. Those with the former reference beginning MP are 'Milk Publicity' items. References beginning with SWB are 'Shop Window Bills', with SWC 'Shop Window Cards', and with SWS 'Shop Window Strips'.

Separated material:

A number of further posters are known to have been published by the Board but are not in this series. Copies of some of these posters are in the collection of Empire Marketing Board posters held by the Victoria and Albert Museum (which also has some of the original art work). A further small collection is kept by Birmingham Polytechnic Library.

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 734 flat sheet(s)
Publication note:

For further information on the Board and the posters see Stephen Constantine, Buy and Build: the Advertising Posters of the Empire Marketing Board (London, 1986).

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