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The 1940s.jpgAt the end of the 1940s, Martins Bank’s Editorial and Advertising Department commissions a large number of themed drawings that can be used to accompany advertisements for the bank.  Key to the campaigns is  the idea that the Bank is somehow connected either with the subject of the drawings, or with the traditions they represent.  After a decade largely lost to the ravages of the Second World War, the campaigns are designed to remind us of what our men and women have been fighting for. The artists tasked with producing the drawings are Geoffrey Wedgwood and Graham Smith, and in this section we feature the two sets of artwork that they have produced in response to Martins’ advertising brief.

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1955 Camboritum ad from Punch PA.jpg1949 Geoffrey Wedgwood – Roman Towns

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The Bank has commissioned Geoffrey Wedgwood to design images that are in some way indicative of twelve British towns, all of which have a branch of Martins in them, and displaying the Roman name of each particular town or city. The twelve towns chosen for the campaign are Bath, Buxton, Cambridge, Chester, York, Exeter, Carlisle, Lancaster, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne, Leicester and Worcester.  Each design features one aspect of the town that is represented. These include castles, Hadrians Wall, and the famous baths in the town of Bath. The advertisements are published at the rate of one each month in major newspapers and periodicals, and a different town is featured each month.  Each ad incorporates a short paragraph of historical information about the town - and its particular significance in Roman times - along with details of the local branch, therefore showing Martins’ links with the area. The results are so successful that the Bank continues to use these images in its advertising well into the 1950s.

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1949 Aqua Sulis (Bath) Roman Baths under Pump Room MBM-Sp49P49.jpg

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1949 Aquae (Buxton) The Spa Baths MBM-Su49P30.jpg

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1949 Camboritum (Cambridge) Trinity Bridge MBM-Su49P29.jpg

Aqua Sulis (BATH)

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Aquea (BUXTON) Spa Baths

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Camboritum (CAMBRIDGE) Trinity Bridge

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1949 Deva (Chester) Including Martins Bank and Eastgate MBM-Sp49P48.jpg

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1949 Eboracum (York) Micklegate MBM-Sp49P48.jpg

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1949 Isca Dumnoniorum (Exeter) The Cathedral MBM-Su49P28.jpg

Deva (CHESTER) Including Martins Bank

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Eboracum (YORK) Micklegate

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Isca Dumnonorium (EXETER) Cathedral

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1949 Luguvaillum (Carlisle) Hadrians Wall MBM-Sp49P50.jpg

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1949 Lunecastrum (Lancaster) The Castle MBM-Sp49P50.jpg

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1949 Mancunium (Manchester) Roman Manchester MBM-Su49P30.jpg

Luguvaillum (CARLISLE) Hadrians Wall

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Lunecastrum (LANCASTER) Castle

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Mancunium (MANCHESTER) in Roman times

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1949 Pons Aelia (Newcastle upon Tyne) Castle Keep MBM-Sp49P49.jpg

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1949 Ratae Coritanorum (Leicester) Roman Forum MBM-Su49P28.jpg

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1949 Wigeran Ceaster (Worcester) The Cathedral MBM-Su49P29.jpg

Pons Aelia (NEWCASTLE) Castle Keep

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Ratae Coritanorum (LEICESTER) Roman Forum

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Wigeran Ceaster (WORCESTER) Cathedral

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Images: Martins Bank Archive

© 1949 Geoffrey Wedgwood

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1949 Graham Smith – Famous “banks”…

In the first of two shorter sets of drawings, the artist Graham Smith gives us his take on the subject of famous banks – they might not be quite what you expected.  Once again, we have branches in each of the locations mentioned…

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Sep 1.jpg1949 Banks of the River Avon MBM-Wi49P16.jpg

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1949 Banks of the River Mersey MBM-Wi49P15.jpg

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1949 Banks of the River Tyne MBM-Wi49P16.jpg

The Banks of the River Avon

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The Banks of the River Mersey

The Bank of the River Tyne

 

 

 

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Sep 1.jpg1949 Southampton Water MBM-Wi49P17.jpg

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1949 Banks of the River Thames MBM-Wi49P15.jpg

The Banks of the River Tees

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Southampton Water

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The Banks of the River Thames

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Images: Martins Bank Archive

© 1949 Graham Smith

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1949 Graham Smith – The Great Traditions

In his second set of drawings, Graham Smith turns his hand to some of the more fundamental traditions and vocations of our land.  Each picture represents both the past and the present, and the continuity of the tradition being expressed by the drawing. The advertising hook here, is that the Bank is both caring and careful, and will always be an institution that can be trusted…

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Sep 1.jpg1949 The Ceremony of the Keys MBM-Au49P13.jpg

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1949 The King's Highway MBM-Au49P15.jpg

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1949 The Laying of Foundation Stones MBM-Au49P14.jpg

The Ceremony of the Keys

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The King’s Highway

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The Laying of Foundation Stones

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1949 The Mercantile Marine MBM-Au49P14.jpg

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1949 The Nursing Vocation MBM-Au49P15.jpg

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1949 The Royal Mails MBM-Au49P13.jpg

The Mercantile Marine

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The Nursing Vocation

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The Royal Mails

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Images: Martins Bank Archive

© 1949 Graham Smith

…and the Competition?

Remarkably, despite Martins leading the way with innovative designs and ideas for advertising, some of the other banks’ advertising looks, at the end of the 1940s, very much like it did at the end of the 1930s

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1940s Williams Deacons Ad from Liverpool Guide.jpg

1940s Lewis's Bank Ad from Liverpool Guide MBA.jpg

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This ad for Lewis’s Bank is published a few years before the

bank is acquired by Martins.  See also LEWIS’S BANK

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