Sunday, 25 August 2013

Rare World War One poster collection to go online

One of the largest collections of original posters from World War I has been stored away in a Greenock museum and only occasionally put on display. Now, thanks to a lottery grant, they are all to be digitised and made available online.WITH their beaming smiles and jaunty step, you might almost be mistaken for thinking that these cartoon characters are appealing for young boys to join them on a Famous Five type adventure.Even the rosy-cheeked chaps request of “Line Up Boys - Enlist Today” manages to mask the true horror of the advert - looking for young recruits to boost the First World War effort - which became one of the deadliest conflicts in human history.The collection of about 300 posters, from Britain and other allied countries, were compiled by the McLean Museum in Greenock during the conflict and immediately afterwards.A lottery grant of £51,300 will now allow the Inverclyde Council-run museum to scan the full collection and make it available over the internet. Read More HERE