Poster, Contact with the World, Use the Telephone, 1934
Kauffer was one of many artists who helped promote advances in global communication. For most of the 20th century, Britain’s General Post Office managed telephone calls in England based on the understanding that it was administering messages between a sender and a receiver. Here, Kauffer employs an oversize image of a telephone handset. The telephone is held up to a globe instead of an ear, to make “contact with the world.”
This object was
Mrs. Edward McKnight Kauffer.
It is credited
Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.
Its dimensions are
74.9 × 49.5 cm (29 1/2 × 19 1/2 in.)
It has the following markings
Stamp in purple ink, upper left: MADE IN ENGLAND
It is signed
Printed in script, in blue ink, lower center: E. McKnight Kauffer ‘34. [underlined]
It is inscribed
Printed in black ink, lower right: PRD 66; lower left: GPO [crowned and encircled]
Cite this object as
Poster, Contact with the World, Use the Telephone, 1934; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); England; lithograph; 74.9 × 49.5 cm (29 1/2 × 19 1/2 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-62