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1937

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Poster, A Postman in Northern Scotland, Outposts of Britain

This is a Poster. It was designed by E. McKnight Kauffer and made for (as the client) British General Post Office. It is dated 1937 and we acquired it in 1963. Its medium is lithograph. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

The British General Post Office invested heavily in advertising, film, and posters to upgrade its corporate image. In Kauffer’s Outposts of Britain poster series, a space frame device surrounds scenic snapshots showing how postmen can reach even remote corners of the British Empire to deliver the mail.

This object was donated by Mrs. Edward McKnight Kauffer. It is credited Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer.

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Its dimensions are

50.8 × 63.6 cm (20 × 25 1/16 in.)

It is signed

Printed in script, in blue ink, lower right: E McKnight Kauffer, Hon. D.I.

It is inscribed

Printed in black, lower right: PRD 165; lower left: GPO [crowned and encircled]

Cite this object as

Poster, A Postman in Northern Scotland, Outposts of Britain; Designed by Edward McKnight Kauffer (American, active England, 1890–1954); England; lithograph; 50.8 × 63.6 cm (20 × 25 1/16 in.); Gift of Mrs. E. McKnight Kauffer; 1963-39-89

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Underground Modernist: E. McKnight Kauffer.

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