TODAY'S LESSON IS ALL ABOUT THE LETTER "F"
as in "Fougasse"
You may think Fougasse is a type of bread from French cuisine and sculpted or slashed into a pattern resembling an ear of wheat... or a type of pastry from Monaco topped with almonds and nuts, but there's something else, more interesting .......
Today's Letter "F" celebrates Fougasse (cartoonist). He was known throughout the world by using that pen name. He was born on 17 December 1887 in London as, Cyril Kenneth Bird and he died on 11 June 1965.
Fougasse, was a British cartoonist best known for his editorship of Punch Magazine and his iconic World War II warning propaganda posters. You can still see his work in various places. For instance this was taken at Swindon, England at The Great Western Steam Museum.
|This was one of "Fougasse's" posters.|
This poster was part of his series "Careless Talk Costs Lives" and was deliberately intended to be humorous....... During a time when Fougasse had many topics at hand to get thoughts out to the world through his illustrations.
By Fougasse, A Federal Art Project, between 1941 and 1943.
To better understand how "Fougasse" became his pen name..... He was injured seriously at the Battle of Gallipoli during World War I and invalided out of the British Army (hence his pen name Fougasse is a type of mine)
While he designed these effective propaganda posters including the famous "Careless Talk Costs Lives" series during World War II he also worked for free for the Ministry of Information, designing posters and for his work he was awarded the honour of Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1946.
You may recall his famous butler carrying a tray photo which since 2009 has been used to illustrate the front page of the British Airways' First Class Menus.
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