Imperial War Museums (IWM) are at the forefront of First World War commemorations, ensuring that visitors in this, the centenary year of the beginning of the conflict are immersed in the stories of the period. Visitors to their exhibitions and events have the opportunity to go home with one of two beautifully made jigsaw puzzles that depict many of the recruitment posters that lined the walls of Britain’s streets. Each poster comes as a reminder of the contributions artists made with so many iconic images associated with the ‘war to end all wars’.
The two jigsaws each present distinct campaigns, one featuring the recruitment messages spurring men to join the troops on the front line, and the other the posters that inspired thousands of people to join in the effort back on home soil. Both are reflective of the paper industry’s central role in mass messaging at a time before widespread broadcasting on TV and radio, with posters appearing up and down the country, including on residential streets, at railway stations and on billboards.
Helping to make the jigsaws the perfect take-home souvenir or gift from a day at the museums are presentation boxes covered in fine, linen-textured Wibalin papers produced exclusively for Winter & Co by James Cropper. Produced in distinctive, classic red and green options, the luxury boxes are handcrafted by MM Bell & Sons, a traditional box maker in Yorkshire, UK. Cranham Publications, a family-owned producer of special-edition jigsaws worked with IWM to produce the puzzles after delving into the national archives and reprinting the finest examples of war publicity on the 500-piece products.
The jigsaws are also available to people unable to visit this year’s IWM exhibitions via online retailers and selected shops nationwide.
James Cropper produces papers for a variety of international luxury packaging manufacturers, offering bespoke solutions in weight, colour and finish to many of the world’ s leading brands. Since 1978, James Cropper has also produced the red and green paper used in the millions of paper remembrance poppies sold by the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and worn to remember those who have fallen in the line of duty.