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  Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
 Decade: 1940-1949
 Collection: World War Poster Collection
Red Army encircling Balkans.
Black & white newsmap showing the planned paths of the Soviet armed forces through eastern Europe toward Berlin, Germany. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc291/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc137/
Starve the Squander Bug : buy more war bonds.
Long, narrow poster formed as a banner. At each end of the banner is a red area with green circle, in front of which is an image of the "Squander Bug" eating money. Text in black and green on gray center section. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc138/
The Army is counting on you for more metal.
A group of weary soldiers covered in dirt. Profuse sweat can be seen on the face of the soldier in front. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc141/
Take the wheel : --steer a course for future success while serving your country in the United States Navy or the U.S. Naval Reserve.
The upper half of the poster shows a painting of a large U.S. battleship, with additional ships seen in the background. In the lower half of the poster, to the left of the poster caption, is a small image of a naval officer looking through a porthole with binoculars and a sailor in a white uniform steering the ship. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc142/
"I'm an Ellis Island American. I left the old country to be free--and nobody is going to take that freedom away. That's why I'm fighting on the production line--to help destroy the enemies of freedom. Let's keep 'em rolling" : produce for victory!
The picture depicts a middle-aged man with dark hair, graying sideburns, wearing wire-rimmed glasses and a work apron. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc143/
The United Nations : for peace and world progress.
The top and bottom of the poster are blue. In the top portion is the title; in the middle portion is a chart of the organization of the United Nations; the bottom section has drawings and text explaining some of the UN's goals. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc144/
Art education in "schools at war" : school art sells bonds -- builds victory.
The poster is a collage of several black and white images that surround a central image. The central image around which all of these vignettes are arranged depicts an heraldic shield that has five red stars on a black stripe. The image below this shield is of the Concord Minute Man statue. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc145/
Lexington, 1775, they fought for freedom, we fight to keep it; Independence, July 4, 1776, they kept the faith and so do you every time you lend a dime for war savings stamps; John Paul Jones said, "I have not yet begun to fight", fight with war stamps & bonds; Washington crossed the Delaware to win our freedom, we cross oceans to keep it.
A series of four equally sized wood prints of historic scenes separated by dotted lines. The colors are teal and orange. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc146/
He eats a ton a year : your farm can help.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc147/
Enemy ears are listening.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc148/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc151/
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/
We have just begun to fight!
Black & white illustration of a soldier in a combat uniform and helmet. He has one arm raised and appears to be shouting. In his other arm he holds a rife with bayonet. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc153/
Save freedom of speech : buy war bonds.
A man stands to speak at a town meeting. A folded document is in his pocket. He wears a worn bomber jacket and a flannel shirt; sitting all around him are men in suits. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc154/
Ideas will help beat the promise : let's have yours!
Stylized image of a man in overalls and cap, lifting the top off of a large concrete sculpture of a head to reveal the machinery which is its inner workings. The man scratches his head; around him are several captions of the word: "Idea?". digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc155/
Food is a weapon : don't waste it! : buy wisely -- cook carefully -- eat it all : follow the National Wartime Nutrition Program.
Color image of a dinner plate on a table with fork and knife resting on it. The plate is empty except for a few chicken bones on it. A crumpled napkin lies to the left of the plate and an empty glass to the right. The poster background is in shades of green. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc156/
"The hum of the motor -- the pound of the punch press -- the rat-a-tat-tat of the riveter -- the flash of the welder -- the thunder of the rolling mill -- the roar of America in production echoes "remember Pearl Harbor-- remember Pearl Harbor!" : produce for victory!
A welder looks down at the arc created by the tool in his or her hands. Sparks spray off of the material being welded. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc158/
"--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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc159/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc161/
"Full speed ahead! Every moment counts. Time out helps the enemy. That's why we're drivin' hard every minute -- C'mon, fella, let's step on it." Produce for victory!
A young adult male factory worker at work looks ambitiously out at the viewer. Metal parts or machinery can be seen in the background. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc162/
"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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc163/
"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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc164/
Aircraft insignia.
Twenty different types of airplanes fly across the scene, each with distinct markings. The main background is of clouds in the sky. The border is comprised of insignia of aircraft from 47 countries. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc165/
"Man for man, America's workers and America's soldiers are the best in the world! We helped them build our nation -- we'll help them defend it." Produce for victory!
A young woman works on a machine part. Her reddish hair is coiffed and she wears a neatly pressed blue work uniform. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc166/
"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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc167/
"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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc168/
"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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc169/
"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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc170/
This is our war-- : join the WAAC, Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, United States Army.
The golden-orange background shows a faint outline of Pallas Athene's head. Superimposed on this background is a large black & white photograph of the head and shoulders of a woman in a WAAC uniform. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc172/
Men of 18 and 19 : now you can choose your branch of service.
Poster in black & white and green tones. The main image is a green-tinted photograph of head and shoulders of a soldier in a helmet, looking upward. A white inset at right lists various branches of service. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc173/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc174/
Can you qualify as an aviation cadet? : here are the requirements : keep 'em flying!
Chart of requirements for becoming an air cadet. At the bottom center below the chart is a black and white photograph of a group of men wearing flight suits, parachutist's helmets, goggles, and parachute packs. The background is a blue graphic design of airplanes. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc175/
"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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc176/
"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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc177/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc179/
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." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc181/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc182/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc183/
Buy war savings bonds : beat the promise!
In the sky, a giant hand wearing a work glove puts dollar bills into a giant savings bond bill which is shaped like a funnel. The base of the funnel points toward a group of military tanks on the ground. Four airplanes fly in formation over the tanks. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc184/
Take care! : idle hands work for Hitler.
Color poster featuring a black & white photograph. An adult male stands on the left side of the poster facing the viewer. He is wearing a cap, his left arm is in a sling, and he wears a large button or badge above his right chest pocket. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc186/
China fights on.
A Chinese man in military uniform and cap looks toward the sky. Several tiny planes circle him. The planes and his cap bear the 12-pointed sun symbol of the Chinese forces. Near the right edge of the poster are four Chinese characters in red. The characters roughly translate as "Unite Against the Enemy and Rebuild Our Nation." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc188/
Wood joins the colors! : the Army & Navy need millions of board feet for barracks.
A soldier in uniform and helmet stands guard as wooden boards are lifted to a construction site where men are building barracks. Already-constructed barracks are seen in the background. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc189/
Your metal saves our convoys : keep it coming!
In the foreground, a man stands on a platform on a ship, shouting through a megaphone at several other men on deck who are loading and firing a large cannon-like weapon toward the sea. Other ships can be seen in the background. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc190/
Care is costly : buy and hold war bonds.
Small color poster of a wounded soldier sitting on the ground. He has bandages on his hand and leg and his camouflage helmet lies on the ground next to him. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc191/
This is the enemy.
An arm with a swastika on its sleeve stabs a sword through a book labeled "Holy Bible". digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc192/
Use it up--wear it out--make it do! : our labor and our goods are fighting.
A man and a woman are outside on the lawn. The man bends over to oil a lawnmower while the woman, kneeling, hand-sews a patch on the back of the pants he wears. A basket full of sewing supplies is on the grass next to the woman. The man wears a red shirt, blue pants, and saddle shoes. The woman wears a bright yellow dress and brown high-heeled shoes. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc193/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc194/
United we stand.
Banner with U.S. Seal at each end, within red squares. The central portion of the banner is white with the text "United We Stand" in red. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc195/
Back the attack! : buy war bonds.
Color poster of a battle scene. A soldier lies on the ground and holds his military rifle in a ready position. Several parachutes can be seen the sky above and descending around the soldier. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc196/
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