Artwork for poster, 'Speed Up Production' - Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa - History Collection, Te Papa Collections Online, Matapihi

Artwork for poster, 'Speed Up Production'

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

King, Marcus

circa 1942-1943

This is an original artwork for a World War II poster by Wellington graphic artist Marcus King. Design Painted with great care and detail, King has designed a powerful and emotional plea to the older generation. The image shows a respectable citizen in shirt and tie covered in overalls coming out of retirement to 'muck-in'. King deepens the two dimensional space of the poster by having the citizen gesture over his shoulder to an evocative wartime scene in the distant background. The linking of masculinity to the machinery of heavy industry is a common device in war posters throughout the world. King Marcus King was a respected graphic artist in the 1930s and 1940s, working for various government agencies including the Post Office.

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