Original U.S. WWII Propaganda Poster Group - “Schools At War”, “Careless Talk”, “We Have Just Begun To Fight” - 3 Posters
Original Items: Only One Group of 3 Available. During WWII, public relations specialists advised the U.S. Government that the most effective war posters were the ones that appealed to the emotions.
The First Poster: The poster features A teen-age girl holding a war bond and stamps in one hand and a basket of war stamps tied with ribbons made into bows in the other hand, is followed by a teen-age boy carrying scrap metal and rubber, and a younger boy who is wearing an aviator's cap and holding a model airplane. Beneath them are the words:
We Are Ready * What About You?
SCHOOLS AT WAR
Reads in footer:
"Sponsored by the War Savings Staff of the U.S. Treasury Department, the U.S. Office of Education and its Wartime Commission."
"Save, serve, conserve."
The poster is offered in great condition and only has minor wear to the corners.
During the war years, gasoline, rubber, sugar, butter, and meat were rationed. Government publicity reminded people that shortages of these materials occurred because they were going to the troops, and that civilians should take part in conservation and salvage campaigns.
The Second Poster: This 28" x 20" World War Propaganda poster was designed in 1942 by the well known American artist Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) of the Saturday Evening Post. It was printed by the U. S. Government Printing Office with a designation number. A GI gestures for others to follow him as he charges forward. Beside him are listed the battles and reads:
We Have Just Begun to Fight!
OWI Poster No. 62.
U.S. Government Printing Office: 1943-O-527284
An unrestored totally original poster with a very clean overall appearance. It has minor signs of use, such as slight edge and fold wear, and very minor creases. The Poster has been folded, as it was originally for mailing to various government locations around the country. Offered in excellent condition with full color retention. Unframed.
The Third Poster: In this poster, artist Joseph Harry Anderson depicts grieving parents who have just learned of their son’s death as a result of careless talk. He intended to remind Americans that enemy agents were listening to conversations both at home and abroad. Anderson was best known for his Christian art commissioned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
The poster measures approximately 20” x 14” and is offered in excellent condition with only minor wear to the corners. The colors are still vibrant and the message still very clear.
During WWII, the government commissioned propaganda posters to teach American citizens and soldiers that careless speech could endanger national security. Any American with knowledge of troop movements, military equipment, or any other information that might prove useful to the enemy was encouraged to keep quiet. To remind all Americans of their duty, the Office of War Information (OWI) commissioned artists to create propaganda posters. The posters were hung in public places and widely reprinted. They used imagery that tugged at heartstrings, invoked fear, and appealed to a sense of patriotism.
All 3 posters are in great condition and come ready to display in your propaganda collections!
Guns, tanks, and bombs were the principal weapons of World War II, but there were other, more subtle forms of warfare as well. Words, posters, and films waged a constant battle for the hearts and minds of the American citizenry just as surely as military weapons engaged the enemy. Persuading the American public became a wartime industry, almost as important as the manufacturing of bullets and planes. The Government launched an aggressive propaganda campaign with clearly articulated goals and strategies to galvanize public support, and it recruited some of the nation's foremost intellectuals, artists, and filmmakers to wage the war on that front.
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