Original U.S. WWII War Bonds Poster - Pearl Harbor Day 1944 - Hari-Kari Kit Poster
Original Item: Only One Available. The poster is a 1944 U.S. Government Printing Office War Bonds Poster (14.5" X 20"). This poster encouraged U.S. citizens to purchase extra war bonds on December 7, 1944 to pay homage to the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor three years prior.
The poster features the text:
BUY THIS MAN A
ON DECEMBER 7, 1944
The poster then shows a list of items and prices, the items reflect the same ones used in a Japanese ritualistic suicide by disembowelment, practiced by the Japanese samurai or formerly decreed by a court in lieu of the death penalty.
The list of items and prices are:
Pearl Handle Dagger $44.50
Velvet Kneeling Pillow 9.98
Handy enamel Basin 20.00
Genuine turkish towel .52
Underneath the list is a caricature of Emperor Hirohito with his head partially over the list of items.
The text at the bottom reads:
Buy EXTRA War Bonds on
PEARL HARBOR DAY!
The poster is offered in good condition with vibrant colors, but there is a small tear at the top and bottom where the creases are from being folded.
Great candidate to have framed and hung up to display in your war rooms and displays!
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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