“COME THEN LET US TO THE TASK, TO THE BATTLE & THE TOIL”: DRAMATIC BRITISH WORLD WAR II POSTER
(WORLD WAR II) (CHURCHILL, Winston). Poster: Come Then Let Us to the Task. London: Fosh & Cross, 1941. Original two-color broadside poster measuring 20 by 30 inches, closely framed. $4500.
Dramatic original World War II poster printing Prime Minister Churchill's inspirational words from his speech of January 29, 1940.
"Churchill's historic exhortations are equal [to the Gettysburg address] in their ringing assertion of democracy confronting the seemingly irresistible forces of tyranny… At the time when Great Britain stood alone against the weight of Nazi and Fascist aggression… the gap between destruction and survival seemed a very narrow one. In it stood nothing much but the resolution of the islanders and the indomitable figure of their Prime Minister" (PMM 424). The full text reads "COME THEN LET US TO THE TASK TO THE BATTLE AND THE TOIL Each to Our Part, Each to Our Station, Fill the Armies, Rule the Air, Pour out the Munitions, Strangle the U-boats, Sweep the Mines, Plough the Land, Build the Ships, Guard the Streets, Succour the Wounded, Uplift the Downcast and Honour the Brave. Let us go forward together in all parts of the Empire, in all parts of this Island. There is not a week, nor a day, nor an hour to be lost. Mr. Winston Churchill at Manchester, 29th January, 1940." Churchill's words are printed in a decorative black border of waves, anchors, compasses and other nautical imagery.
Expert repairs at folds, professionally lined with rice paper on verso. Very good condition.