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A British poster from 1927 called 'Empire Builders'
(Catalogue ref: CO 956/529)
  • The Empire Marketing Board produced this poster in 1927. The Empire Marketing Board was a government department whose job was to promote trade between Britain and the empire.
  • By the time this poster was produced the meaning of the term empire had changed in Britain. In the 1700s and 1800s the empire was made up of lands that Britain ruled. By the early 1900s much of the empire was ruling itself. The empire was much more a community of nations, rather like the British Commonwealth today.
  • However, large parts of the empire, especially India and Africa, were still ruled directly by the British and were not independent.
  • This poster concentrates on the benefits of trade within the empire. It shows a British port where men are unloading goods from all over the empire and sending goods to the empire.
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