Women and propaganda – this could make you laugh

One of my favourite places to visit when I’m in London – as one does – is the Imperial War Museum.   An added attraction being it’s free, which on a cold and wet day makes it a brilliant place to be.   

Each time I go I find something different to see, but I always try to do the WWl trench exhibit, which sadly this time was shut for renovations.  Maybe they needed to add some extra pongy-sulphur sprayers, or build in some booby traps to further frighten the life out of you as you make your way around, but whatever it was I didn’t get a chance to hear that rumble of bombs and feel… well… to put it bluntly, cheated.

Anyway there were other things to entertain me, and apart from being reported to security for taking photos where I shouldn’t have been – I swear I did not see the signs – I had a great war time meal of macaroni cheese served on a tin plate and a good old piece of cake that really did taste as if it was a relic of both wars.

But the one thing that really made me roar was the selection of postcards depicting war time slogans, of which many were really quite rude about women.  How the  gals of the time didn’t knock the cigar out of old Churchill’s smug mug is beyond me.

Take a look at these few and let me know what you think.  My favourite must surely be the children, not only are they adorable, but more so because the slogan is just so wrong.

Who you calling dumb matey?!
Who you calling dumb matey?!

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21 thoughts on “Women and propaganda – this could make you laugh

  1. At the age of 18 my mother was an Air Raid Warden in the city of Glasgow and it was her job to make sure that everyone in her area was safely in a shelter when a siren went off. This meant that she would be one of the last people to be in a safe place when the bombs started to drop. She never considered herself as an inferior and would laugh at anyone shocked by these cards. They would be read as simply giving information and not meant to give offence. Live in the now girls where women that can blog are amongst the most fortunate alive. Help others by enjoying your life. Thanks for this post and the opportunity to comment.

  2. The War Museum is definitely on my list if I get to London again. The posters do not suprise me, the English had a very snippy view of women’s place in society until quite recently. Men resented being told anything by a “mere” woman unless it was that they were the best thing since sliced bread. If I had lived in those time I would definitely have been a suffragette! (and probably single) 🙂

  3. I’m sorry I didn’t go there on my trips over, sounds like a *blast* – although in my *defense* I didn’t know it existed!

    Yikes! how’s that VD postcard! Would make a good Durex ad in this day and age!

  4. Can you bloody believe it!!!
    Mom not so dumb!
    Frikkin hell – thanks Ruth 😉
    Suddenly my lot does not seem quite so bad what with PC-ness and all that 😉

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