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?


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.

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

Keep posting, you have some interesting material.