Mr Chad WW2 National Savings Poster Circa 1940sOtto's Antiques
Mr Chad WW2 National Savings Poster Circa 1940s
Product code #OA2771
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- Original WW2 national savings poster
- Features one of the first illustrations of Mr Chad
- Framed in a Black wooden frame with glass front
- English ~ 1940s
- 53cm wide x 60cm tall
This character was used in a humourous way to draw attention to the shortages we had to suffer, and so, lighten what was to be a dreadful experience.
During this period of austerity, seemingly so distant today, things we take for granted, were unobtainable, because ships could not be spared. Every available ship was needed to tranport war materials.
"Mr. Chad" would make us smile with such captions as, "WOT! No Oranges?", "WOT! No Petrol?". Or for the ladies, "WOT! No Stockings?" (All available silk was needed for making parachutes). American soldiers over here could get "Nylon" stockings sent from the U.S.A, and would give or sell them to the English ladies.
"Mr Chad" was born in 1941 at a secret school in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, that was teaching "Radio-Location", now called "Radar". A lecturer was illustrating on a blackboard the effect of a capacitor in a circuit. How the drawing started is shown in the attached picture.
Later, an unknown genius added the question mark and the now immortal words "WOT! No Electrons?" (all of them having been discharged, of course).
Some light age marks and folds but overall in good condition for its age
As with all of our products this product is an original piece and has lived a life before it arrived at Otto's HQ. It has been sympathetically restored by the Otto's team to ensure it has a life for many more years to come. All of our products will show signs of patina and cosmetic wear, this we believe is what gives our products their unique charm. If you have any further questions regarding the condition of this product or any others please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.