TUC Library Poster collection: spotlight on our WWII propaganda posters

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Below is a guest post written by our volunteer Jenni Rockliff, who is listing the TUC Library’s poster collections.

World War II propaganda poster “On to Japan!”

One of the posters held by the TUC Library Collections is this Second World War propaganda poster, which was produced by the British in 1945.

In this dramatic art deco style image an archer is using a plane as his bow and aiming it at Japan. The Rising Sun flag of Japan has been used to create the effect of a target around the islands of Japan. A tank and a warship, seen beside the figure, are also facing towards Japan.

The creator of this image was Sevek. According to unverified sources: Sevek’s real name was Severin Rajchman. He was born in Poland on 6th February 1918 to a Polish father and a Czech-Austrian mother. When he was six months old the family moved to Vienna. Sevek studied at the Art Academy of Vienna and Worked with the Austrian branch of the USA film making company MGM (Metro Goldwin Meyer). In 1940, he joined the British Army in the Middle East. In 1947, he left Cairo for Paris, where he mixed in existentialist circles. Sevek then moved to the South of France to carry on his work. His work gradually became more abstract. He had a gallery in the village of Eze. He died on 29th December 1994 in Annecy and is buried in Eze cemetery.

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