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Arrived safely thanks to Sea Power- a British morale poster from the beginning of World War II

Opening price: $120

Commission: 23%

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01.29.2024 07:00am

ARRIVED SAFELY THANKS TO SEA POWER. A colorful poster featuring British cargo ships in convoy protected by warships and aircraft. The phrase is printed in twelve languages on the back of the poster: English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Turkish, Greek, Hindi, Burmese, Arabic, and Urdu. British Navy, 1940.

With the outbreak of World War II, German cargo ships were sunk, and ships from various countries were sunk along with them, identified with British ownership. In response, British naval warships formed convoys to protect the cargo ships, allowing them to sail in safety from German threats. In light of this, a textile company in Bradford quickly came up with the idea of presenting Britain as the protector of nations and provided such posters to export companies whose ships anchored at sea. Posters of this kind evoked patriotic feelings in Britain and among the countries whose ships anchored at sea, who felt secure under allied leadership during the war. The phrase "ARRIVED SAFELY THANKS TO SEA POWER" was printed in twelve languages to serve all ships, each in its own language, and to illustrate the solidarity of all seafaring nations with the allies.

See the poster collection at Princeton University, listing number 9050.

Size: 15x10 cm. Fold mark, slight tear at the bottom center. Good condition.

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115. Arrived safely thanks to Sea Power- a British morale poster from the beginning of World War II