Books: Keep Britain Tidy
This collection of public information posters from the period 194575 is published in conjunction with the National Archives, where the original posters are located. The posters provide a fascinating insight into the policies and priorities of successive postwar governments, covering everything from the jobs people did, the food they ate, the amount of alcohol they drank and cigarettes they smoked to the wearing of motorcycle helmets and seat belts, road safety for children and Keep Britain Tidy campaigns. It includes almost fifty posters, over forty of them with perforations so they can be removed from the book and displayed.
Clever, colourful, creative … entertaining … a fascinating piece of social history and a chronicle of changing graphic styles. – Saga
Splendid … collected together, they document a vanished age. – The Spectator
Compelling … a fascinating insight into the attitudes of the time. – Aesthetica
Whatever your political position on the ‘nanny state’, the posters in Keep Britain Tidy provide a fascinating glimpse of postwar British culture. – Eye Magazine
Beautiful. – AGA Living
Brilliant … a fascinating insight into British social history and postwar propaganda. – Absolutely West