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 Collection: World War Poster 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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc270/
Become a nurse : your country needs you.
Color poster of a young woman receiving her nursing cap. A male (only the hands and sleeves are shown) is placing it on her head. He wears blue sleeves with a stars-and-stripes motif on the cuffs. The young woman wears a blue cotton uniform with a white collar, cuffs, and pocket handkerchief. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc570/
De Marine roept : jongens van Stavast, vraagt inlichtingen bij het Department der Marine.
Stylized illustration of a man playing a bugle. A red tassel hangs from a cord which is wrapped around the bugle. He wears a large light-colored hat (probably a sailor's cap), t-shirt, and brown suspenders and belt with a supply box attached to it. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc279/
Draagt bij voor de motoriseering van Stads- en Landwachten.
A stylized depiction of men in green military uniforms riding motorcycles. Behind them are probably armored cars but possibly tanks or other armored vehicles. On the front of each motorcycle is a numbered license plate in a Dutch flag design. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc276/
"Keep 'em flying" is our battle cry! : first class fighting men needed.
Recruiting poster for aviation cadets and soldiers. Graphic image shows three U.S. Army airplanes flying through the sky as the U.S. flag waves in the background. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc273/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc274/
British tanks hurled Italy out of Abyssinia, and in Libya completely wrecked Axis plans of conquest.
Color illustration of tanks driving across a desert. The ground and sky are depicted in yellow and orange tones. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc572/
America's answer! : production.
Drawing of a gloved hand holding a gray wrench, turning the "o" in the word "production" which is shaped like a bolt. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc575/
Brotherhood Week, February 19th to 28th, 1943.
All-lettered poster is beige with brown letters. The text is a message from President Franklin D. Roosevelt about the importance of Brotherhood Week during wartime in 1943. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc571/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc577/
The development of self-government in British India.
A chart showing the development of self-governance in India from 1861 to 1942. Indians are represented as blue figures and British are represented as black figures. Chart shows Indian participation in the Viceroy and Executive Council, the Legislature, and the Provincial Government (departments) as various laws were enacted. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc312/
3e Emprunt de la DĂ©fense Nationale : souscrivez : pour la France qui combat! Pour celle qui chaque jour grandit.
A bearded man in a blue coat and helmet holds a young child in his arms. In front of him, a mother is seated and breastfeeding an infant. The man and child are illustrated in color, while the image of the mother and infant is a black pencil drawing. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc311/
Wood at war.
Black and white poster with five photos showing the use of wood in military defense. Each photo has a caption underneath describing how the wood is being used. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc317/
Kinda give it your personal attention, will you? : more production.
Color poster in black, white, and green. Image of a smiling soldier (a sergeant) wearing a helmet, lying prone in the grass. He holds a rifle in one hand and wipes his brow with the other. On the ground near the rifle are fired shells. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc210/
An overcharge is the same as a pay cut : report overcharges to the OPA.
A coin with a pie-portion of its value removed, lies in an open hand. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc219/
L'Emprunt de la Libération.
A white-mustached man resembling Kaiser Wilhelm II, wearing a white helmet and cape, and holding a broken sword, kneels dejectedly with his head down. Above and behind him is held a large group of flags of the Allied states. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc216/
Hit 'em with copper, zinc, lead.
Black and white cartoon of Uncle Sam and a miner. Miner: "Gosh, I would like to take a crack at those Japs!" Uncle Sam: "You're doin' it every day - with every ton of ore you mine to make tanks, planes and guns" digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc310/
"United we stand--" : two fox-holes defending America.
Poster consists of two drawings divided by text caption. The first drawing is of a soldier in a fox-hole, aiming a large gun to the right of the viewer. The second drawing is of a miner in a shaft, aiming mining equipment away from the viewer. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc318/
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". digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc319/
Wood follows the flag.
A series of red-tinted photographs depict the use of wood for war purposes. Each photo has a caption describing how the wood is being used. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc316/
The state of this nation is good ....
Quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt. The poster is a solid dark blue color with the quote in white script lettering under an image of a flying bald eagle clenching an olive branch and arrows on a shield with U.S. flag motif. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc212/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc215/
"Every man woman and child is a partner"
A black and white image of a crowd of men and women heading off to work. In a red arrow in large white letters is the quote from President Roosevelt. In a blue box there are figures for war materials in 1942. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc211/
Protect his future : buy and keep war bonds.
Color poster shows a young, smiling boy being lifted in the air holding on to a man's hands. The boy has blond hair and is wearing red overalls and a white t-shirt. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc217/
Wood lands our fighters : the Army & Navy need more lumber for landing barges.
Uniformed soldiers with rifles and machine guns storm a tropical beach. Boats and a battleship are seen in the background. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc322/
Wood goes to war.
A series of blue-tinted photographs and captions describing the use of wood in war situations. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc321/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc131/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc132/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc134/
Make your own declaration of war : buy war bonds.
Poster in black & white and red tones. A soldier stands next to a facsimile of a declaration of war against Japan. He holds his rifle with bayonet with one hand and points at the viewer with the other. The declaration of war is signed by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Sam Rayburn, and H.A. Wallace. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc139/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc136/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc133/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc160/
China carries on.
Color poster shows a Chinese soldier walking in a determined manner with a rifle in his hands. Behind him, a small Chinese child stands next to a covered corpse. The child wears a white tunic and pants and a green vest and is barefoot. In the background is a pagoda. Near the right edge of the poster are painted four Chinese characters in red. The characters roughly translate as "Unite Against the Enemy and Rebuild Our Nation." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc579/
Going our way? : be a Victory Farm Volunteer of the U.S. Crop Corps.
Color poster shows an adolescent boy and girl. Both are smiling and neatly dressed. The boy carries farm tools. He has red hair and freckles and wears a windowpane-plaid blue shirt. The girl's blond hair is coiffed and she wears a red dress or blouse. A "Craftsman" brand name mark can be seen on the pitchfork carried by the boy. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc576/
British bombers have carried out over 1,600 raids on Germany (up to May, 1941)
Color poster is a stylized drawing of aircraft in battle. Four bomber planes are depicted in camouflage. A large explosion is shown at the upper left corner of the picture. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc573/
A British "Blenheim" bomber of the Coastal Command aids a British destroyer in smashing a German submarine.
Poster is a pastel drawing of an aircraft bombing a submarine. A British ship is shown behind the bombed submarine, and other ships can be seen in the distance. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc574/
7th War Loan : now--all together.
Small color poster promoting the 7th War Loan. The painting by C. C. Beall is based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken by Associated Press photographer, Joe Rosenthal, of the second American flag raising by U.S. Marines on Mount Suribachi, Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc578/
Saja orang Marine, toeroetlah saja! : Koninklijke Marine.
A young dark-haired man in a sailor's uniform smiles at the viewer. On the band of his hat are the words "Koninklijke Marine" (Royal Netherlands Navy). In the background is a ship with spotlights shining. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc278/
Save freedom of worship : each according to the dictates of his own conscience : buy war bonds.
Men and women of various races and faiths, including a woman with rosary beads, clasp hands together in prayer. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc152/
La grande offensiva Italiana : la disfatta Austriaca sul Montello.
Detailed color illustration of a battle scene. Italian soldiers in blue cross a river and charge against Austrian soldiers in green. Several Austrian soldiers and a horse are falling or dead. A toppled weapon is seen in the foreground. Several explosions can be seen on the river, its banks, the mountains, and a town in the distance. Airplanes are flying, cannons are firing, and multitudes of Italian troops are marching in the far distance. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc438/
United : the United Nations fight for freedom.
Flags of the member nations of the United Nations wave amidst smoke of a bombardment, with military airplanes, ships and tanks in background. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc439/
Marne, Yser, Somme, Verdun : l'aurore.
At right, a French soldier in uniform and helmet holds a French flag. To the left and slightly behind him are two women, one wearing a traditional dress and bonnet of the Lorraine region and the other wearing the traditional dress and headdress of Alsace. The woman from Lorraine brings the flag to her lips as if to kiss it. The top section of the poster contains a portion of the title printed in red, which is partly obscured by laurel branches and a portion of the flag from the lower section. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc436/
The United Nations fight for freedom.
Poster depicts an etching of the Statue of Liberty on a black background on the left side of the poster. On the right there are pictures of flags of 30 countries. Poster has black background with white text at the top of the page and a white border all around. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc590/
[Decline of the Rising Sun]
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc598/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc591/
[Happy days!]
Cartoon drawing. Hitler, Mussolini, and a Japanese character are depicted as apes behind a chain-link fence or cage. A pear tree is seen in the foreground, outside the fence. A dead tree is seen in the background, inside the fence. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc597/
Could this be you? : don't travel unless your trip helps win the war.
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." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc592/
For peace and security : buy bonds.
The Three Wise Men (Three Kings of the Orient) in colorful garments ride camels toward the Christmas Star. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc594/
[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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc599/
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