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 Serial/Series Title: American War Posters
 Collection: World War Two Collection
"Keep 'em rolling, pal. On the production line, we're fighters, too. We'll give 'em a beating they'll never forget." Produce for victory!
A working man smiles at the viewer. He has goggles on his forehead and is wearing a torn sweatshirt.
Soldiers' life : make the regular Army your career.
Color image of a soldier in an early World War II U.S. Army uniform and helmet, carrying a rifle. The soldier smiles as he walks. The background of the poster is blue.
Keep 'em flying! : presented by the United States Army Recruiting Service.
An optical illusion. From far away, the image looks like a portrait of Uncle Sam. A close-up view reveals a grouping of images depicting the war effort, including a soldier, a sailor, a pilot, a smelter worker, a scientist, a nurse, a farmer, factories with smokestacks, a battleship, the U.S. Capitol building, and U.S. flags. In the lower left corner is the text of a poem by Jack Childs.
More copper-zinc-lead-- quick!
A soldier holding a rifle talks to a miner holding a drilling tool. The soldier is gesturing behind him toward the ruins of a town, saying, "Give us metal so it won't happen here".
Women-- our wounded need your care! : you can serve as medical technicians, surgical technicians, and other Army hospital assignments : join a hospital company ... Women's Army Corps.
Color illustration of a woman in a blue uniform dress and brown shoes, carrying a silver tray with a white cloth draped over it. Behind her are faint images of hospital beds. At right is a small image of two silver discs, one showing the head of Pallas Athene and the other showing a caduceus.
Speaking for America ... Harry Truman.
Black and white photograph of Harry Truman on a blue background. Text box contains a quote celebrating freedom and tolerance.
Speaking for America ... Gene Autry.
Black and white photograph of Gene Autry on a blue background. Text box contains a quote promoting tolerance of race, religion, and national origin.
Speaking for America ... Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Black and white photograph of Dwight Eisenhower on a blue background. Text box contains a quote celebrating the variety of races and religions in America.
Speaking for America ... Bob Hope.
Black and white photograph of Bob Hope on a blue background. Text box contains quote promoting tolerance of race, religion, and ancestry.
Speaking for America ... Frank Sinatra.
Black and white photograph of Frank Sinatra on a blue background. Text box contains a quote promoting racial and religious tolerance.
All the ear-marks of a sneaky Jap! : don't discuss your job!
Black & white cartoon drawing of two men talking. One hushes the other, while pointing upward at a drawing of a human ear centered on a Japanese flag design. In the background is a large ship and a factory. Two flags fly over the factory: One with an "E" on it, and another with "RCA" on it.
Springs with stings ... : you can speed victory by salvaging and selling old metal. The steel industry needs scrap!
A black & white drawing on the top half of the poster shows a metal spring figure pinching a cartoon Hitler's nose. Hitler's bare arms and legs form a swastika, and he holds a knife. The lower portion of the poster is text, with a small picture displaying various steel products. Under drawing is text and picture saying what steel is used for. The company's name, address, and logo appear at the bottom. Red text at the bottom explains the purpose of the advertisement and where it appears: Time and Business Week.
[Springs with stings]
A figure made of wire and springs pinches the nose of a caricature of Adolf Hitler, whose arms and legs form a swastika. Hitler holds a knife in one hand.
[Wire with a kick]
A figure made of wire kicks a swastika-shaped caricature of Hitler. In the background at right is a factory with smokestacks. In the background at left are flames rising from the ocean.
The bugle sounds : enlist in the U.S. Army now : your country needs you.
Poster in red, white, and blue tones includes an illustration of a military airplane and a photograph of men driving armored vehicles.
"No nation of slaves can match a nation of free men. We're doing more because we want to than they can because they have to!" : produce for victory!
50 men dressed in work clothes stand assembled in vague lines and gaze toward the left as if at a rally. All of the men appear to have light-colored skin and clean-shaven faces. Most are wearing caps or hats.
Help RCA, help USA : you and I : beat the promise.
In the foreground are two clasped hands, one representing Uncle Sam with a blue and gold-starred jacket sleeve; in the background is a factory with smokestacks. A U.S. flag stripe design connects the two images.
Making America strong : industry's ever improving mass production methods step up output of latest type war planes.
Black & white poster features comic-book style drawings of machinery used to produce airplanes. In the upper right corner is an image of Uncle Sam pointing out to some people a flying military airplane which is seen through a large "hole" drawn in the poster.
Victory starts here!
A hand punches a time card in a dark blue time clock hanging on a dark blue wall.
"We did it then, we will do it again" : beat the promise.
This poster depicts an army of workers marching from "1919" to "1941" alluding to America's military intervention in the First World War and tracing that heritage to the Second World War. In the center is an image of a 1919 letter from Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Acting Secretary of the Navy, to Eldridge R. Johnson, President of Victor Talking Machine Company.
Victory in the making! : the equipment you and I make serves our armed forces-- on land--on sea--and in the air!
A military airplane flies toward a submarine at sea. An explosion is seen in the water next to the submarine. At the lower edge of the poster are three small images: a tank, a battleship, and an airplane.
"Sweat, fella -- sweat! The more we sweat, the less our boys bleed. Let's give 'em what it takes to knock out the enemy." Produce for victory!
A smiling man wipes sweat from his neck. He wears goggles on his forehead and cap on his head. Heavy machinery or parts can be seen in the background.
Now is the time! : apply at the nearest U.S. Army recruiting and induction station.
A large black & white photograph of a man's head is shown against a pink-toned background. The background is a collage of photographs showing various military occupations. A white inset at left lists various branches of service.
Bonds or bondage : everybody--every pay day 10%.
Image of a man in cap and overalls, with outstretched arms and legs. In one hand he holds a U.S. flag; his other hand and leg are chained to a swastika-inscribed ball. One side of his face smiles; the other side is weary. The poster background is also split in two halves: On the left is a landscape of farm lands, industrial smoke stacks, and skyscrapers; on the right is a dark barren landscape.
"The stuff our soldiers need is comin'-- but fast! We're workin' like hell to give them everything they need to beat the livin' daylights out of those _ _ _ _!" : produce for victory!
A gray- or blond-haired man, possibly a miner, looks directly at the viewer. He wears a hardhat with a lamp on it, a brown leather jacket, and appears to have soot on his face.
Red Army encircling Balkans.
Black & white newsmap showing the planned paths of the Soviet armed forces through eastern Europe toward Berlin, Germany.
Speaking for America ... Judy Garland.
Black and white photograph of Judy Garland on a blue background. Text box contains a quote celebrating diversity in America.
"Guts -- and sweat -- that's the stuff victory is made of! We're fighting this war to win -- and every mother's son of us is doing his job -- Who said, America is soft?" : produce for victory!
A group of men of various ages, dressed in dirty work clothing, appear to be ready to work harder to aid the war effort.
Put the squeeze on the Japanese : beat your promise.
A caucasian man representing American workers squeezes a large clamp around a caricature of Hideki Tojo. The worker wears a sleeveless undershirt labeled "Increased Production". His watch says "RCA". A caption behind his hat says "You and I". Tojo appears to be shouting, as illustrated by several (presumably) Japanese characters. He is reaching toward a bloody sword labeled: "Remember Pearl Harbor!" In the background are battleships, firing tanks, flying airplanes, and lightning bolts.
"Gosh! Look at 'em fly! My Pop helps make those planes. With flyers like that and workers like my Pop -- us Americans are sure gonna win this scrap!" : produce for victory!
A young boy expresses amazement at American air power. He has a freckled face, blond hair, and wears a straw hat.
"Every rivet we drive -- every bolt we turn -- every ounce we sweat, brings victory a little closer. Breaking production records is the American way of doing things!" : produce for victory!
An older and tired looking factory worker appears determined to contribute to the war effort. He wears a brown cap with a slogan button pinned on it.
"You make 'em, buddy -- we'll use 'em -- and how! We're all soldiers together. Our victories in battle come right after your victories in production." : produce for victory!
A soldier wearing a helmet and uniform looks upward toward the viewer. A gas mask hangs around his neck. He has blonde hair, blue eyes, a rough complexion, and a serious expression.
"We, the Americans of today, know our duty to the Americans of yesterday and the Americans of tomorrow. We shall keep the fires of freedom burning." : produce for victory!
A man with stubble, brown eyes, and white hair looks out unsmiling toward the viewer. He wears a cap and stands before a hazy blue background.
Keep your [trap] shut! : don't give the rats any information!
Picture of a mouse trap that has sprung and caught a scrap of newspaper, which says "Crew Claims U-Boat Knew of Ship's Sailing." In the lower right corner are three small caricatures of Hideki Tojo, Adolf Hitler, and Benito Mussolini, who are referred to as "the rats."
Let's hit 'em with everything we've got! : don't wait, choose the Navy.
Sailors in helmets and blue shirts, operating large artillery weapons. An explosion is seen in the background.
You and I put the squeeze on the Japanese! : beat the promise.
Graphic color image against a red background. Two miniature workers labeled "You" and "I" squeeze a caricatured Japanese officer in a large mechanical press.
Rumors cost us lives.
Green-tinted illustration of a man wearing a suit and derby hat, with a cigarette in his mouth. He is leaning forward and holding his hand next to his face as if to whisper or hear a rumor. Printed phrases surround the picture: "Listen. . . Someone Told Me. . . And I Saw. . . I Hear That. . . Do You Know. . . I Know That. . . ". Superimposed on the picture is a fragment of a newspaper article with the headline, "U-BOAT CAPTAIN KILLS 22 SAILORS, Laughs as He Torpedoes Lifeboat Leaving Doomed Vessel." The background of the poster is red.
"--and God bless daddy and all the American workers who are doing so much to protect freedom and make this a better world for us to live in." Produce for victory!
A girl looks outward toward the viewer. Her dark hair is braided and tied with pink ribbons, and she wears a plaid dress with a white ruffled collar.
Sacrifice : the privilege of free men.
Leaning out of a window, a soldier embraces a brown-haired woman. On his back he carries a helmet, weapons, and backpack.
Keep your Red Cross at his side : give!
Image of a soldier in a helmet. Green foliage is seen in the background. A large Red Cross symbol appears in the lower right area of the poster.
We pledged it, we'll beat it!
A large, white capital letter "B" on a dark blue background. Superimposed diagonally over the B is a morse code symbol in red.
Don't be a bottleneck : beat the promise.
Color poster shows an illustration of a green wine bottle dressed in overalls, necktie, gloves, and shoes. He holds a wrench in his right hand. His face is depicted on the cork of the bottle. His white gloves have red stars on them.
Freshmen! Sophomores! : now you can stay in college and become a naval officer.
Black and white drawing of a naval officer in uniform wearing an officer's cap, looking toward the sky and holding binoculars. In the background, planes are flying, some in formation, and men are firing large artillery guns.
Speaking for America ... Kate Smith.
Black and white photograph of Kate Smith on a blue background. Text box contains a quote encouraging Americans to end prejudice in their local communities.
World news of the week, Monday, Dec. 30, 1940, volume 3, no. 17.
Illustrated color map with textual news highlights for the week of December 20 to December 26, 1940.
Making America strong : competitive companies co-operate to produce important instruments for military aircraft.
Black & white poster features comic-book style drawings of an industrial worker, managers, and buildings, and a large outline map of the U.S. containing additional text.
U.S. Army : guardian of the colors.
Color image of four soldiers in army uniforms and helmets. Two in center hold flags (one U.S. flag and one with eagle crest). Two outside soldiers hold rifles.
"Arise Americans" : your country and your liberty are in grave danger -- protect them now by joining the-- United States Navy or the U.S. Naval Reserve.
A sailor in a white uniform uses a wrench on a large weapon or equipment. A blue border with white stars surrounds the top and sides of the picture. The bottom half of the poster is red, with white and blue text.
Simple Sam the wasting fool-- : every day, he breaks a tool!
Stylized illustration of a large man sitting on a stool. He wears red overalls, a white shirt, and black work boots. On his head is a dunce cap. Superimosed on top of this picture is a large image of a broken drill bit.
Save your cans : help pass the ammunition : prepare your tin cans for war ....
An woman's arm holding a tomato can appears on the bottom right side of the poster. The can image is repeated and runs into the painting. As the cans get smaller, they change into a chain of bullets that a soldier is feeding into his gun. In the background are a large red explosion and an airplane falling from the sky.