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British Political Posters, LSE Library

The provocative posters are the history of British politics showing stories of high hopes and low blows.
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Electors, do you want to "wait and see" any more of this?

Black and red ink on white lithograph depicting Redmond as a cat ("Irish American Party"), toying with Asquith as the mouse of "Government", produced by the Unionist Party, December 1910...A... more

Your Food Has Cost You More.

COLL MISC 0519-067.Full text poster in red and black ink on white paper, arguing that Radical policies have increased the cost of living. Poster produced for the Liberal Unionist Council.

Why Toryism Would Mean Dearer Living

Cartoon of Balfour holding a plate in front of him with a small loaf of bread on it. Text banner at top and caption at bottom. Liberal poster protesting against a proposed tax on food.\r\nArtist: F.B\r\nPrinter... more

What Price Today?...

COLL MISC 0519_88.Lithograph showing a small boy trying to buy bread in a \Free Trade store\"

Will it Burst Too?

Satirical Liberal poster based upon a popular soap commercial at the time. Joseph Chamberlain is pictured blowing policy bubbles into the air and watches aggrieved as they burst. He has already witnessed the bu... more

A Herring to catch a Sprat.

Chaplin is shown standing on a beach talking to a \Working Man\"

Electors! Do You Like McKenna's Navy Cut?

COLL MISC 0519_059.Full colour lithograph with red banner top and bottom, produced for the Liberal Unionist Council. The illustration is a pastiche of a packet of John Player's Navy Cut tobacco, set against a b... more

A Warning! Free Traders read this!

COLL MISC 0519_087.Full text poster in red and black ink on cream paper, detailing unemployment, poverty, and emigration as the results of Free Trade. Produced by the Tariff Reform League.\r\nArtist: Unknown\r\... more

Wake Up! It is not what we have now... but how long we shall keep it...

COLL MISC 0519_081.Black and red lithograph on white paper showing a British workman asleep as a pipe-smoking Dutchman? with a suitcase creeps around the corner from the docks. Banner top and bottom quoting Cha... more

Free imports have made Britain the dumping ground of all nations

Lithograph cartoon (red and blue on white), depicting John Bull, Uncle Sam and ?Kaiser Bill, with text banner top and bottom, and a poem on free trade begining "There was a young man of Berlin..." Pro... more

Unfair Competition.

COLL MISC 0519_083.A farmer sits on a railway platform with crates and baskets of produce , watching a train called the Foreign Produce Express loaded with foreign produce, steaming past. He laments the need fo... more

The Chocolate Soldiers.

COLL MISC 0519_056.Lithograph showing Redmond aiming a cannon named "Irish-American Party" at a row of peers (labelled "Home Rule") outside the House of Lords. The canonballs are money bags ... more

To the Parochial Electors of St. Anne's-on-the-Sea.

COLL MISC 0519-76.Handbill produced for John Allen's campaign to stand for the New District Council on the platform of making St. Anne's-on-the-Sea \one of the healthiest and most attractive Health Resorts in t... more

When two ride astride

COLL MISC 0519-053.Cartoon showing John Bull addressing Asquith, who is sitting on an agitated horse called British Constitution outside the Houses of Parliament. A Peer is seated on the horse behind Asquith, c... more

Torn in Two.

COLL MISC 0519_072.Full colour lithograph showing a character in a top hat and spats (representing Radicalism) and a worker in a red shirt and cap (Socialism) attempting to drag Asquith through two doors marked... more

The Open Door And The Man Who Feels The Draught

Liberal Unionist Party poster depicting the perils of following a free trade policy. They argue that when foriegn goods are stockpiled the man people to suffer will be the British workman...Artist: Unknown.Prin... more

Liberal and Tory Finance

COLL MISC 0519_075.Three colour lithograph (black, blue, red) produced for the Liberal Central Association, comparing the Liberals record on reducing the National Debt with that of the Conservatives, between 18... more

British Factory: closed through unfair foreign competition…

COLL MISC 0519_078.Black and red ink on white paper. Lithograph showing two British workers standing outside a closed factory, with a sign on the gate denouncing foreign competition and recommending the reform ... more

Don't be Hanky-Panky'd Again: The Hanky-Panky Government.

COLL MISC 0519_034.[A J Balfour] posing as a conjuror or magician, stands behind a covered table, and places an egg named \Khaki 1900\" into John Bull's hat. [Joseph Chamberlain] peeks from behind the tabl... more

John Bull: Are these my Islands or yours?

John Bull is seen standing on an outline map of the British Isles (he stands squarely between London and the Midlands), facing a "Tory peer"-type who is dressed in hunting clothes, ermine-trimmed robe... more

Vote for the Conservatives Who Gave You the Alliance.

Cartoon showing John Bull shaking hands with a Japanese soldier, against the Union Flag and Japanese flag, with a packet marked \Alliance\" at their feet. Text banner top and bottom.\r\nArtist: E Huskinson... more

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe...

Satire based on the nursery rhyme of the old lady who lived in a shoe, with Bannerman as the old lady, sitting in the road and blocking his ears. Behind him, the shoe is overflowing with characters representing... more

Resent the Attempt to Smash the British Constitution by American Dollars

Lithograph in black and red ink on white paper showing a caricature of John Redmond armed with a club called "Home Rule" with a large money bag containing US dollars in each hand, produced for the Uni... more

Liberal and Tory Finance. No. 1. Taxation Imposed or Remitted During the Last Twenty-one Years.

COLL MISC 0519_038.Half page of text with bar chart comparing levels of taxation under Tory and Liberal governments, 1865-1885. Lithograph in black ink with red and blue bar chart, produced for the Liberal Cen... more

An Awkward Relationship: Little Johnny would Come

COLL MISC 0519-3.Cartoon satirizing the relationship between the Liberal Party and the Irish nationalists, featuring Campbell-Bannerman as a nervous bride in a wedding dress, and John Redmond as her illegitimat... more

Beware of False Statements About the Licensing Bill

COLL MISC 0519_027.Black and red ink full text poster on white paper, regarding the popular image of the Licensing Bill.\r\nArtist: Unknown\r\nPrinter: Waterlow and Sons Ltd\r\nPublisher: Liberal Publications D... more

Vote for Tariff Reform

Lithographs showing Brittania sitting alone in a stagecoach named "Free Trade; 1846" on the road to Prosperity, waiting to be joined by the figures representing Germany, France, Austria, USA, Switzerl... more

The Tax-payers' Financial Barometer.

COLL MISC 0519_074.Full text poster in black on white paper, with large graphs in blue and red ink. The graphs compare the expenditure of Tory and Liberal governments between 1875-1886, to the detriment of the ... more

Bad for the Quack Doctors

COLL MISC 0519_025.Copy of cartoon from the Westminster Gazette? showing Asquith as John Bull giving cheap sugar and an old age pension to a child and an elderly couple, while Chaplin and Austen Chamberlain, dr... more

Is this what you want to see?

Cartoon based on "the Radical 'Infamous Poster'", showing John Redmond herding a chain gang of politicians including Campbell-Bannerman and Asquith, towards the Home Rule Compound. The caption at the... more

Obscuring the Issue.

COLL MISC 0519_040.Full colour lithograph showing Balfour up a ladder in a flat cap and Chamberlain pasting a sign reading "Beware of Home Rule" over the top of Liberal posters criticising their taxat... more

Hopelessly lost. The Radical Babes in the Wood, and no way out of it

Spoof on the fairy story \Babes in the Wood\"

Wake Up. Now or Never!

COLL MISC 0519-086.Black and red ink full text poster with very detailed statistics from the Report of the Royal Commission on Depression of Trade, 1886,in order to illustrate \The Cause for the Decline in Brit... more

The War's Result: Chinese Labour

COLL MISC 0519_051.A lithograph depicting a Tommy Atkins figure attempting to rouse a sleeping John Bull to act against Chinese \semi-slavery\" in the Transvaal. In the background

Help for the Workers.

COLL MISC 0519_035.Black ink lithograph illustrating Asquith's second budget, showing Asquith standing outside the Treasury facing a middle class man in a top hat and a working class man with a bag on his back.... more

Where is the cheap food the Radicals promised you?

COLL MISC 0519-66.Full text poster comparing food prices under the Radical and Unionist governments in 1908 and 1905 respectively.

The Two Records: Compare Them!

COLL MISC 0519_048.Black and red ink full text poster comparing the achievements of the Tory government of 1895-1905, and the Liberal government of 1906-1908. Subjects covered include taxation, national debt, w... more

British Workman: It's no use trying to hide it, guv'ner. We are going to vote for Tariff Reform...

Asquith is shown trying to cover up a poster advocating Tariff Reform with one reading "Down With the Lords", while a British Workman berates him from the ground...Artist: Unknown.Printer: McCorquodal... more

What an outrage!

The Reverend Stiggins (?) is shown accosting a small schoolboy in a country lane, with the words \What! your father wants you to learn the Church Catechism

What Price Today? Shopman: A loaf is three halfpence more today, boy!

COLL MISC 0519_088.A fat shopkeeper stands behind a counter next to baskets piled high with bread, with shelves loaded with foreign produce behind him. A small thin boy in tattered clothes stands in front of t... more

A Doubtful Guide

COLL MISC 0519-10.Central image with title at top and caption below. Campbell-Bannerman and a small party of thuggish men stand by a street corner. One man is dressed in a fur hat and ragged clothes (\Alien\")

The Decoy

COLL MISC 0519-6.Bannerman and John Bull are shown walking arm in arm along a pleasant street. In the foreground, hidden from their view, an Irish nationalist is waiting with a gun and a club. He is unshaven, a... more

Home Rule: 'Oh! Henry where did you get that cigar and why are you smoking it?'

COLL MISC 0519_9.British politicians forced to forced to endure the stink of Campbell-Bannerman's \cigar\" of Irish Home Rule. Stylish image in three colours and black on white paper

Flattening Him Out

A Tory wearing a monocle, spats, and a top hat with \Tariff Reform\" written on it

Free Trade and Protection

Liberal Party poster clearly displaying the differences between an economy based on Free Trade and Protectionism. The Free Trade shop is full to the brim of customers due to its low prices whilst the shop based... more

Political Parable

COLL MISC 0519_077.The tale of a \little dorg\" who changed his name from \"Moderate\" to \"Minicipal Reform\" in order to gain admittance to a lady's house

How the Tories Have Increased the Cost of Living

Blue and red ink on white paper, illustrating the increase in the price of tea and sugar under a Tory government (Tory government of 1905 compared to Liberal government of 1895), produced for the Liberal Party.... more

Vote for the Referendum, the People's Veto

COLL MISC 0519_063.Black and white full text poster, produced for the Liberal Unionist Council.\r\nArtist: Unknown\r\nPrinter: McCorquodale and Co Ltd\r\nPublisher: Printer\r\nPlace of Production: London

The Cupboard Still Bare

Spoof of nursery rhyme 'Old Mother Hubbard, showing Chamberlain dressed as an old lady opening the 'Old Age Pensions Cupboard' for her dog called 'Aged Poor'. Satirical version of nursery rhyme below image, and... more

Ain't You the Radical Party? (Barmyville Asylum).

COLL MISC 0519-5.Full colour lithograph showing a "cheerful idiot" inviting three Radicals to join him in the Barmyville Asylum.\r\nArtist: George Belcher\r\nPrinter: McCorquodale and Co. Ltd\r\nPubli... more

The Radicals pretend to trust the people...

COLL MISC 0519-062.Black and white full text lithograph regarding the electoral register, produced for the Liberal Unionist

Paws Off!

Lithograph depicting Justice (armed with the Sword of Temperance) pulling the disguise from a British Lion to reveal an unidentified politician's drink-flushed face. The lion is standing on a scroll representin... more

Dissolution Cup: the Government Hare Doubles Again

Lithograph depicting Asquith as a hare being chased across a field by two greyhounds (John Redmond and Keir-Hardie), produced for the Conservative and Unionist parties in December 1910...Artist: Unknown.Printer... more

A Happy Family.

Campbell-Bannerman pictured in bed, his blanket of radical policies being torn into pieces by various problem children/issues such as 'Home Rule'. 'Alien', 'Small army and navy', 'Little England' and 'Sectarian... more

Baiting the 'Dear Food' Hook

Small poster showing a fisherman (unidentified politician) baiting his hook with worms called Full Employment and Higher Wages, with his fishing basket, \Protection\"

The Trade Money Box.

COLL MISC 0519_047.Lithograph, red and black in on white paper. A foaming tankard engraved with various slogans, with an unidentified politician's face in the foam, above a quote from a meeting held in the Ci... more

Taking Things Quietly. the Game of Grab

COLL MISC 0519-045.Small poster showing John Bull resting against a tree in a wood, having been assaulted and robbed by unidentified men dressed in black frock coats and top hats. The men are carrying bags call... more

He's Good Enough for Me

John Bull reaches out to lay his hand in a benedictory fashion upon the shoulder of a reluctant but noble-looking Balfour...Artist: Unknown.Printer: McCorquodale and Co .Publisher: Printer.Place of Production: ... more

Redmond's Last Words

Black ink on green paper, with a cartoon of John Redmond raising his fist, and a quote of Redmond's regarding home rule, produced for the Unionist Party...Artist: Unknown.Printer: Dobson, Molle and Co..Publishe... more

Under Free Trade Thousands are Leaving our Shores Weekly

Red and black lithograph on white paper, showing John Bull standing at a dock at sunset, watching ships leaving "Free Trade Ruin" (a run-down port) for the skyscapers of "Protection Prosperity&qu... more

Down With The Red Flag

Liberal Unionist poster depicting the British Bulldog taking a large bite out of the impending spectre of Socialism in the country. ..Artist: Unknown.Printer: N Corquodale & Company.Publisher: Printer.Place... more

A Question of Control

COLL MISC 0519_043.Lithograph in red and black ink on white page, showing John Bull stopping Lansdowne and Balfour in the street, who have a large bulldog representing the House of Commons reined in on a leash ... more

Substance and Shadow

COLL MISC 0519-044.The Bulldog of Labour, dressed in working man's clothes, and carrying a bag labelled Cheap Food in its mouth, crosses a bridge called Free Trade, rather than risking the semi-submerged rock o... more

A Free Trade Forecast

Lithograph depicting a Free Trade Shop selling all sorts of imported goods, with an unemployed British workman standing outside being discussing the unattainable goods on display whilst the wealthy German owner... more

I'll give him Home Rule!

Full colour lithograph depicting John Redmond, dressed in Kelly green with a waistcoat covered in shamrocks, standing on some money bags containing US dollars, and reaching up for a jar on a shelf above him cal... more

Each for all and all for each

Reproduction of a portrait of Chamberlain? in sepia tones, set in against a burnt orange backgroud, with the title below the picture, and the heading, "Tariff Reform League" at the top...Artist: Unkno... more

It Really is a Very Pretty Garden

Full colour lithograph showing ? standing in a garden outside the \Radical Conservatory\" with a watering can


\Judge John Bull\" finds the Tory Government guilty of numerous offences relating to Britain's conduct in the Boer War

A Warning! Protectionists Read This...

COLL MISC 0519_050.Full text poster in black and red ink on white warning against Tariff Reform. Unemployment in Europe (especially Germany) and the USA are cited to illustrate the dangers of Tariff Reform.\r\n... more

Why have the Radicals forced the Election upon an Old and Rotten Register...

COLL MISC 0519_060.Full text lithograph produced by the Liberal Unionist council, Great George Street, London, regarding the electoral register.\r\nArtist: Unknown\r\nPrinter: McCorquodale and Co Ltd\r\nPublish... more

We Always Are Ready

Full colour lithograph showing Haldane (in Army uniform), and McKenna (in Naval uniform) standing on the white cliffs of Dover, satirising cuts in spending on the armed forces. Poster produced for the Liberal U... more

The Labour Party to the Electors of Taunton.

COLL MISC 0519_055.Full text poster in red ink on yellow paper, urging electors to vote for Frank Smith, the Labour Party candidate for Taunton in the 1910 General Election.\r\nArtist: Unknown\r\nPrinter: The C... more

The Wife's Appeal...

COLL MISC 0519_073.Full text poster in red ink on white paper, produced by the Conservative and Unionist parties.\r\nArtist: Unknown\r\nPrinter: McCorquodale and Co\r\nPublisher: Printer\r\nPlace of Production: London

This Way, Sir!

Campbell-Bannerman stands at the top of a flight of steps (called Radicalism, Inefficient Army and Navy, Home Rule, and Disunited Empire) that lead from the sunlight down into a dark and fetid pool called &quot... more

Ten Years of Toryism

Produced by the Liberal Party for the forthcoming election. Lists and illustrates the Tory record during the previous Government and identifies various shortcomings such as its Free Trade record, South Africa a... more

Found Out - Chinese Slavery

Campbell-Bannerman shown being castigated by John Bull for the election image of 'chinese slavery' used by the Liberal Party during their successful election campaign of 1905. ..Artist: Unknown.Printer: A Whit... more

Signor Campbell Bannerman's Original Troupe of Radical Pierrots

Featuring Miss Apprehension, Miss Quotation, Miss Construction, Miss Statement and Miss Representation...Artist: Unknown.Printer: McCorquodale and Co Ltd.Publisher: Printer.Place of Production: London.Date: c19... more

The Closed Door

COLL MISC 0519-028.John Bull is seen standing outside a Church School door, which bears a sign reading \For Head and Assistant Master and Mistress-ships

Chinese Labour

Scene outside a mine in the Transvaal, with Campbell-Bannerman addressing a British workman in a bowler hat and good suit. Cartoon Chinese workers are seen in the background. Bannerman is sympathising with the ... more

The Next Revival

Bannerman is shown in a brass bed, a Union flag hanging like a curtain to the left. He it sitting up, dressed in a nightshirt and night cap, staring at a realistically-portayed drowned black cat, which is walki... more

Mrs. Bannerman's Cabinet Pudding

COLL MISC 0519-4Campbell-Bannerman, dressed in a red frock and white apron, is shown mixing a bowl of \Radical Programme\" in a kitchen. He offers a spoonful of the mixture to John Bull

Tariff Reform Will Bring Grist To The Mill

Tariff reform poster explaining that a positive outcome of reform would be more grain in the Mill...Artist: Unknown.Printer: McCorquodale and Co Ltd.Publisher: Printer.Place of Production: London.Date: c1905-c1... more

Muzzle him, Asquith…

COLL MISC 0519_070.Lithograph showing a night scene outside 'Constitution House' with Asquith

To the Electors of the City of Worcester.

COLL MISC 0519-1.Full text lithograph in red ink on white paper. Campaign poster for the 1892 General Election for George Allsopp, Conservative and Unionist candidate for the City of Worcester, 1885-1906.\r\n... more

Poster Making Instructions

Instructions on ordering single letter posters to be hung to form slogans such as \Socialism Denies Liberty\" and \"Tariff Reform Means More Work\"

The Great Irish Ventriloquist, with his Performing Parliamentary Manikin

Music hall style poster showing John Redmond as a ventriloquist with Bannerman as his mannequin, balanced on his knee...Artist: Unknown.Printer: A White and Co.Publisher: Conservative Central Office.Place of Pr... more

An Eye Opener

Black and red ink on white paper. Lithograph produced for the Liberal Party showing a British housewife attempting to buy white bread in a shop in German, but being offered only black bread...Artist: Unknown.Pr... more