Original U.S. WWII Strong in the Strength of the Lord OWI No. 8 Poster

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Original Item: Only One Available. Good condition vintage Folded World War II Propaganda Poster (measuring 42" x 28.5") that was illustrated in 1942 by David Stone Martin (Artist). The text of the poster is a quotation from a speech by Henry Wallace, then Vice-President, who later ran for President on the Progressive Party ticket in 1948.

This poster was published by the Office of War Information (OWI) in 1942. It is OWI Poster No. 8

David Stone Martin had no formal art training. After high school in Chicago, he began a career as a graphic designer. Among his major projects were designs and murals for the Chicago World's Fair and art director of the Tennessee Valley Authority. He worked for Life magazine during WW II and was an art director in the Office of War Information.

Posters during World War II were designed to instill in the people a positive outlook, a sense of patriotism and confidence. They linked the war in trenches with the war at home. From a practical point, they were used to encourage all Americans to help with the war effort. The posters called upon every man, woman, and child to endure the personal sacrifice and domestic adjustments to further the national agenda. They encouraged rationing, conservation and sacrifice. In addition, the posters were used for recruitment, productivity, and motivation as well as for financing the war effort. The stark, colorful graphic designs elicited strong emotions. The posters played to the fears, frustrations, and faith in freedoms that lingered in people's minds during the war.
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