Sunday, May 3, 2020

1920s British business development propaganda


Poster for the Empire Marketing Board (1926-1933) campaign to promote intra-Empire trade. featuring flags of New Zealand, India, Italy, Britain, Canada. A reader suggests that what I thought was Italy might be green white and orange- Ireland.
There are a lot of things I don't understand here, once you get past the odd choice of fonts used by illustrator Austin Cooper. Where's Australia?
And, Buyers are builders? Shouldn't that be the other way round?

6 comments:

Unknown said...

That tricolor is an Irish flag, not Italian. Or so I believe.

Mister G said...

Ahhh, orange instead of red. Thanks! Makes much more sense.

stroker crazy said...

It might mean that buyers are helping to build the empire.

JP said...

Propaganda you say, Mr G ...
How's it s'posed to work if you start asking questions about it ?
:-)

VectorWarbirds said...

Exactly JP, don't ask questions just obey.

AdamB said...

That is not an Italian flag but an Irish one - green-white-orange, not red. Even after the partition of of Ireland in the early twentieth century it remained part of the British Commonwealth until 1948.

https://www.britishempire.co.uk/maproom/ireland.htm

I am surprised though that neither Australia nor South Africa is represented.

Keep posting, you have some interesting material.

Regards,

Adam