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Little scraps of information can add up to a whale of a lot.....and the net is wide! Keep Our Secrets Secret

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Great Britain (published)

  • Date:

    1960 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mount, (Edward) Reginald (designer)
    Evans, Eileen Margaret (designer)
    Central Office of Information (publisher)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Offset lithograph and colour lithograph on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Eileen Evans

  • Museum number:

    E.450-1995

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 70, box D

  • Public access description

    Although Western democratic states largely withdrew from the production of explicitly graphic political propaganda after the Second World War ended in 1945, a small number of Cold War posters were produced. This British poster, for display in Government and military offices dealing with 'sensitive' material, reminded employees of the interest that Britain's enemies might have in 'Eastern Europe', 'NATO' and 'nuclear power' (all scraps of sentences reproduced on the fishes). While not explicitly anti-Soviet, it drew on the fear of infiltration and espionage that fuelled Cold War paranoia and East-West enmity.

  • Physical description

    portrait format poster printed in blue and black and white. Image of fishing net in black agains blue ground, angled to catch small white 'fish' depicted as fish shaped fragments of paper densely covered with text. Captioned at top left 'Little scraps.....net is wide!' and at bottom left 'Keep Our Secrets Secret.'

  • Marks and inscriptions

    Mount/Evans
    Signature; bottom corner of right margin; Offset lithography

    Issued by HM Government etc. Printed for her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Distributor's identification; Offset lithography

  • Dimensions

    Height: 764 mm sheet, Width: 508 mm sheet

  • Descriptive line

    Government Cold War propaganda poster by Reginald Mount and Eileen Evans. UK, 1960. printed by Multi Machine Plates Ltd.

  • Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

    Taken from R.P. 95/580

  • Production Type and Product Note

    Mass produced

  • Collection code

    Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection