Print of the Month (WWI)

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DISPLAY: Poster stamps, about 1915. Frank Brangwyn 1867-1956

Colour lithographs

These poster stamps were issued during the First World War by the Daily Mail and the Evening News to raise funds for the Red Cross. They were based on Frank Brangwyn’s series of woodcuts At the Front and At the Base. Brangwyn was not an official war artist but produced more than 80 designs for war posters, often working free of charge. Poster stamps were small printed advertisements with perforated edges similar to large postage stamps. They first appeared in the 1860s, becoming very popular with collectors. By the Second World War their commercial use had largely been superseded by other forms of advertising and they were issued only occasionally as commemorative souvenirs.

1 July - 9 August 2014, monthly changing

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