World War II posters




A collection of approximately 50 World War II posters including recruitment posters, security poster and War Bond posters. The posters were designed by the Office of War Information in Washington, D.C. and printed by the U.S. Government printing office.

America officially entered the arena of World War II on 7 December 1941 after the Japanese attacked the Hawaiian base of Pearl Harbour. The 8am morning raid left American forces significantly weakened, with 2403 American casualties and the loss of large amounts of military equipment and hardware. Americans were left in outrage over the surprise attack and large numbers of men enlisted in the armed forces as a result. Posters were the vehicle to unite the American public and promote the war cause. They were often displayed in libraries, post offices, schools, streets and factories. Some addressed home front efforts, others exhorted workers to greater productivity. Many warned of the dangers of leaking defence information. Some posters were targeted directly at school children. They were all part of a national and international campaign to support the war effort during WWII.

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1941-1945; World War II


US Government Printing Office


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United States

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