Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Those Doggone Sadistic German Nurses!

This is probably the most acutely-embarrassing of all British World War I posters—although, in fairness, a handful of others cannot be denied the right to compete.

Created by David Wilson, “Red Cross Or Iron Cross” was, unaccountably, a great hit with the British public when it was issued in 1917.

According to war historians and according to art historians, the longer the war lasted, the more shrill became British poster art. Nothing comparable was produced in France, Germany or Russia for the duration of the war.

Further, as an example of pure graphic design, this poster is appallingly bad—and in stark contrast to the excellent poster art produced in France, Germany and Russia throughout the conflict.

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