Medical facilities available at a modern health centre contrasted with ill health in old-fashioned housing. Colour lithograph after A. Games, 1942.
- Games, Abram, 1914-1996.
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In the foreground, the Finsbury Health Centre, opened in 1938. Behind, a boy with rickets standing in a derelict slum dwelling, sailing a toy boat in a puddle
Your Britain: fight for it now. Modern medicine means the maintenance of good health and the prevention and early detection of disease. This is achieved by a periodic medical examination at Centres such as the new Finsbury Health Centre, where modern methods are used. Designed by P.R.2. 80. A. Games. 43
[London?] : Issued by A.B.C.A.[Army Bureau of Current Affairs], 1943 (London : Henry Hildesley Ltd.)
1 print : lithograph, printed in black, brown, green, pink, yellow, blue and grey ; sheet 50.8 x 75 cm
Not in copyright in the UK. Was formerly UK Crown copyright, but that has expired. Letter to the Wellcome Library from the Estate of Abram Games, 24 January 2001
Wellcome Library no. 20283i
A. Games, Over my shoulder, London 1960, p. ?
Maurice Rickards, Banned posters, London 1969, pp.66-68
W. Schupbach, "Focus on the Wellcome Institute Library", Trp3: research and funding news from the Wellcome Trust, 1995, no. 2, p.?
Dan Weinbren, 'Building communities, constructing identities: the rise of the Labour Party in London', The London journal, 1998, vol. 23, pp. 41-60, p. 47
Exhibited in "Living with Buildings" at Wellcome Collection, 4 October 2018 - 3 March 2019 UkLW
One of a set of three posters commissioned by the Army Bureau of Current Affairs from Abram Games and Frank Newbould on the theme "Your Britain: fight for it now". The three works by Games bear record numbers 20281i, 20282i, and 20283i in the Wellcome Library catalogue. "Games's own posters were inspired by the Beveridge Reports's recently published blueprint for a welfare state. His three designs juxtaposed pre-war squalor with modern images of state-funded health centres, housing and schools. "It was strictly non-political," he claims, but we had to ask ourselves, "Why are we doing this? What kind of Britain are we fighting for?". Winston Churchill saw it differently ...Even now the suppression of the posters that Games regards as some of his best work still raises his hackles. "Churchill may have been a great wartime leader but he'd never visited a slum. I saw the war as a catalyst for achieving the things that Britain needed, but I think he saw those who supported the welfare state as communists." " (interview with Abram Games published in an article in The Sunday telegraph, 3 July 1994)