London WWII Bombings

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London WWII Bombings c.1941. © Museum of London

  • 100% Silk
  • Hand-rolled
  • Designed and Printed in Britain
  • 42cm x 42cm

Originally designed as a headscarf, this printed square from the Museum of London archives bears a map of the City of London and Westminster showing 'famous buildings bombed or burned out' by air raids in 1940-41. It includes the stirring words, 'London has taken it! London can take it again!'.

Designed by Nicol V Gray in around 1941, the slogan reflects the stoicism of the British public and especially Londoners. They had endured a great deal of suffering in the Battle of Britain, but their determination to fight on was encouraged by propaganda, including that on textiles, produced during the Second World War.

The design features the crests of the various affected boroughs printed around the border with extracts from Winston Churchill's famous speech of 4th June 1940 'We shall fight on the Seas and Oceans, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the streets and in the hills and we shall never surrender!' The slogan 'London has taken it! London can take it again!' is printed along the botton edge of the scarf.

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