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Consumer rationing in World War Two

Consumer rationing in World War Two

Date: 1979
Creator: Massmann, Robert E.
Description: An overview of rationing, ration points, ration books, and ration coupons as instituted in the United States during World War II. Includes examples of ration points and stamps.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections
Could this be you? : don't travel unless your trip helps win the war.

Could this be you? : don't travel unless your trip helps win the war.

Date: 1945
Creator: United States. Office of Defense Transportation.
Description: Four cartoons in black line drawing on white; cartoons appear as paper sheets tacked to a blue background. They depict various excuses for travel which are characterized as frivolous: "It's impossible to find anything in the local shops." "We haven't seen Bob's children since way last fall." "But this contract is vital.""But Grandma misses us so."
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
[Decline of the Rising Sun]

[Decline of the Rising Sun]

Date: unknown
Creator: Artzybasheff, Boris, 1899-1965.
Description: Black and white cartoon. A figure made of Wickwire Spencer rope uses a part of itself to hang a caricature of a distressed Hideki Tojo, who appears to be partially immersed in the sea. Behind Tojo's head are rays resembling those of a Japanese Rising Sun symbol. A volcano or mountain can be seen in the distant background.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Defend your country : enlist now in the United States Army.

Defend your country : enlist now in the United States Army.

Date: 1943
Creator: Woodburn, Tom B.
Description: A color poster of a frowning Uncle Sam with his jacket and top hat on the floor at his feet. He rolls up his sleeves with one hand, and with his other hand is clenched into a fist. Directly behind him is a flying bald eagle and the sun. The background design is a stars-and-stripes motif and the image is designed to appear as if it is mounted on posts.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
"Deliver us from evil" : buy war bonds.

"Deliver us from evil" : buy war bonds.

Date: 1943
Creator: Nadeau, Harriet.
Description: Black & white photo of the head and shoulders of a sad-looking young girl surrounded by smoke or clouds. The photo is centered on a white swastika. Text on poster is in white and blue.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Desert victory : the actual story of the rout of Rommel by the British Eighth Army : a full-length feature picture.

Desert victory : the actual story of the rout of Rommel by the British Eighth Army : a full-length feature picture.

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Movie poster in brown and red tones, promoting the film, "Desert Victory". At the top is a close-up image of a portion of a typed document: "Directive to General Alexander, Commander-in-Chief in the Middle East" and photographs of Bernard Montgomery (left) and Harold Alexander (right) in uniform; along the left side are three photographs of wartime scenes; and at the lower right is an illustration of a battle scene.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Dish it out with the Navy! : Choose now while you can.

Dish it out with the Navy! : Choose now while you can.

Date: [1942]
Creator: Barclay, McClelland.
Description: Two sailors in white sailor hats prepare to load ammunition into a large weapon which is being fired and is operated by other sailors in helmets. All the sailors wear blue pants and white t-shirts, except for the sailor in the foreground who is shirtless and holding a large artillery shell.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Do with less, so they'll have enough! : rationing gives you your fair share.

Do with less, so they'll have enough! : rationing gives you your fair share.

Date: 1943
Creator: United States. Office of War Information. Division of Public Inquiries.
Description: Color poster of a soldier smiling and holding a large metal cup. The soldier wears a helmet and an olive-colored shirt.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Do your part to win the war : buy more war savings stamps.

Do your part to win the war : buy more war savings stamps.

Date: 1942
Creator: United States. Dept. of the Treasury.
Description: Wall chart in a checkerboard pattern. Some squares depict the use of different military supplies, and other squares describe the supplies and how many stamps it takes to purchase them. The border depicts military insignia, war scenes, and military personnel. The Great Seal of the U.S. is centered in the bottom border and an image of the eagle and shield from the Great Seal is centered at the top. Superimposed over the checkerboard is an image of a hand placing a war savings stamp in a stamp booklet.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Dog transportation.

Dog transportation.

Date: August 19, 1943
Creator: United States. War Department.
Description: A manual describing the use of sled dogs as a means of military transportation in Arctic regions.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
"Doing all you can, brother?" : buy war bonds.

"Doing all you can, brother?" : buy war bonds.

Date: 1943
Creator: Sloan, Robert Smullyan, b. 1915.
Description: Color poster shows a close-up of a soldier with a bandaged head and a blood-stained khaki uniform. He has light-colored hair and blue eyes. In the background, a barren field lies scattered with broken or abandoned machinery.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Domestic disturbances

Domestic disturbances

Date: July 30, 1945
Creator: United States. War Department.
Description: "This manual presents the principles for the employment of troops during domestic disturbances and the essential substances of the more important laws relating to the employment of military forces in the aid of civil authorities with the applicable War Department policies"
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Don't be a bottleneck : beat the promise.

Don't be a bottleneck : beat the promise.

Date: [1942]
Creator: RCA Manufacturing Company, inc.
Description: 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.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Don't get hurt : it may cost his life.

Don't get hurt : it may cost his life.

Date: 1943
Creator: Keppler, Victor
Description: Color poster shows a man with his arm in a cast and a sling. He wears overalls and a work shirt. At the bottom of the poster is an image of a fallen soldier lying in the sand. U.S. Army Safety Program seal appears at lower right corner of picture.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Don't let him stick his nose in your business.

Don't let him stick his nose in your business.

Date: 1943
Creator: Nolan, Jack.
Description: Black and white cartoon. The cartoon character is a mosquito, smiling in a sinister manner and showing fangs. He has a long sharp nose and he is rubbing his hands together. There is a sunburst of white around him and the rest of the poster is black.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Don't let that shadow touch them : buy war bonds.

Don't let that shadow touch them : buy war bonds.

Date: 1942
Creator: Smith, Lawrence Beall, 1909-
Description: Three children with toys and a flag, on a lawn scattered with small white flowers, are surrounded by the shadow of a swastika. One boy holds a toy military airplane. Another boy wears a paper hat and holds a flag on a makeshift pole. The girl is seated and holds a doll.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Don't let this happen to you! : too little, too late : order coal now!

Don't let this happen to you! : too little, too late : order coal now!

Date: 1944
Creator: Fitzpatrick, Daniel Robert, 1891-1969.
Description: A shovel leans against the wall of an empty coal cellar where a few coal briquettes spell out the words "too little, too late."
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
During this emergency, serve your country in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

During this emergency, serve your country in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Date: [1941]
Creator: United States. Navy Dept. Bureau of Navigation.
Description: Poster is in red and blue against an off-white background. A sailor is welding a large piece of metal. He wears goggles and welding gloves and a sailor's cap. Centered on the lower border of the poster is a small picture of a ship at sea.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Eat the Basic 7-- every day! : eat a lunch that packs a punch!

Eat the Basic 7-- every day! : eat a lunch that packs a punch!

Date: 1943
Creator: United States. War Food Administration.
Description: Contains a circular chart showing seven basic food groups surrounded by cartoons demonstrating the benefits of each food group. In the center of the wheel chart is a red and blue logo of a family, with the caption: "U.S. needs us strong, eat the Basic 7 every day".
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
He eats a ton a year : your farm can help.

He eats a ton a year : your farm can help.

Date: 1942
Creator: United States. Dept. of Agriculture. War Boards.
Description: Poster features a black and white photograph on a red background. A smiling soldier in uniform and helmet sits at a table eating a meal. In addition to his plates of food and bread, he has a metal cup full of milk. At the lower right area of the poster is a circular logo, "Food for freedom", with a silhouette image of a farmer with pitchfork.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Elementary map and aerial photograph reading

Elementary map and aerial photograph reading

Date: August 15, 1944
Creator: United States. War Department.
Description: This manual covers elementary map reading, conventional signs and military symbols, distances and scales, directions adn azimuths, coordinates, relief, slopes, profiles and visibility, map reading in the field, and aerial photograph reading to an extent sufficient to permit soldiers adn platoon leaders to read aerial photographs and aerial mosaics.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Enemy ears are listening.

Enemy ears are listening.

Date: 1942
Creator: Iligan, Ralph, 1893-1960.
Description: The poster depicts Benito Mussolini, Hideki Tojo, and Adolf Hitler. Only one hand and the head of each man is shown. Each has his hand cupped around one ear. On Tojo's hand is a pinky ring and the artist's signature "Iligan" is written on his wrist, with a small inverted black triangle symbol below it.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
The enemy is listening : he wants to know what you know : keep it to yourself.

The enemy is listening : he wants to know what you know : keep it to yourself.

Date: [1942]
Creator: United States. Office of Facts and Figures.
Description: All-lettered poster in black and red tones urging the reader not to discuss information which may affect national security.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
Engineer soldier's handbook.

Engineer soldier's handbook.

Date: June 2, 1943
Creator: United States. War Department.
Description: Describes the tools and tasks of the engineer soldier. Includes a proficiency test for soldiers in training.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department