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Election poster, The Great Naval Eclipse

Election poster, The Great Naval Eclipse 1900 to 1910, a vote for the radicals is a vote against the British Navy.
circa 1910s

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Media ID 14376340

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election poster from the early 1910s is a powerful and evocative image that encapsulates the political tensions and maritime rivalries of the pre-World War I era. This poster, now held in the archives of Mary Evans Picture Library/Onslow Auctions Limited, was produced during a time of intense political campaigning and debate, as the electorate prepared to cast their votes in the upcoming election. The poster's central image features a darkened sun, symbolizing the "Great Naval Eclipse," with the ominous words "A vote for the radicals is a vote against the British Navy." The image is surrounded by a sea of ships, both British and foreign, engaged in a fierce battle at sea. The caption "Pre-War Power and Forces" underscores the importance of naval strength and dominance in the lead up to the war. The poster's design is striking, with bold lines and dramatic contrasts that would have captured the attention of voters. The use of the British flag and the image of a Tory elephant, along with the Conservative Party's slogan "For King and Country," reinforces the party's commitment to maintaining the power and prestige of the British Navy. The "Great Naval Eclipse" poster is a testament to the intense political and naval rivalries of the early 20th century. It reflects the belief that the strength of the British Navy was essential to the nation's security and global influence, and that a vote for radical political parties could undermine that strength. The poster's powerful imagery and clear message would have resonated with voters, and helped shape the political discourse of the time. Overall, "The Great Naval Eclipse" election poster is a fascinating glimpse into the political and maritime history of the pre-World War I era, and a reminder of the enduring importance of naval power in shaping international relations and national identity.

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