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If (after Rudyard Kipling)
If (after Rudyard Kipling)
Resource Typeimage
TitleIf (after Rudyard Kipling)
Coverage / Yearc. 1943
DescriptionPoster, color, 10 x 15 in., composed by the Hon. Secretary of the Savings Group in an aircraft factory. Water stains have been removed from this digital image.
InterpretationPrior to World War II, British citizens had for many years been the most highly taxed wage earners in the world. Yet from the beginning of the war to March 1943, the British people had put over twenty billion dollars into war savings. The popular campaigns of the war - Spitfire Funds (1940), War Weapons (1941), Warships (1942), Wings for Victory (1943), and Salute the Soldier (1944) - encouraged donors by pointing out specific items their contributions could purchase, much as the War Savings Bonds campaigns in the United States. The economic importance of these savings campaigns in Britain lay in their anti-inflationary effect. The text of this poster is based on the well-known poem "If" by Rudyard Kipling. For information on Kipling and the full text of the original poem see this website:
Lesson Plans / ThemesWorld War II;
Learning Standards16 History; 13 Science, Technology and Society; 14 Political Systems;
Author or CreatorGreat Britain. The National Savings Committee
Subject / KeywordsWorld War, 1939-1945--Great Britain; War posters, Great Britain; World War II; World War, 1939-1945--Diplomatic History;
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library;
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Resource Identifierww20283p
CONTENTdm file name1403514682002_ww20283p.jpg
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