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  Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
 Collection: World War Poster Collection
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc135/
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/
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/
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/
26 job opportunities in the United States Army Air Forces.
Folded brochure containing panels which can be folded out and used as posters. One side has photographs depicting 26 Army Air Force jobs. Another side has photographs of different types of military airplanes and depicts the jobs associated with flying and maintaining a B-17 airplane. On the reverse side are job descriptions and requirements. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc140/
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/
Keep punching-- in the battle of production : beat your promise!
Black & white cartoon depicts two boxers in the midst of fighting. The boxer on the left is a stereotypical caricature of a Japanese man. He holds a sword labeled "Remember Pearl Harbor". The boxer on the right represents "You & I", according to a sign behind him. He is Caucasian with dark curly hair. His gloves are labeled, "All-Out Production" and "No Waste" and he punches the Japanese fighter. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc149/
Materials are precious!--let's make every piece count!
Cartoon image of the Pacific portion of the earth's globe. In the upper left corner is a smiling Caucasian man in overalls labeled, "You & I" standing in front of a factory. In the foreground, across the ocean, is a caricature of a Japanese soldier (probably Hideki Tojo) running from an artillery shell, over a tropical landscape. Behind him flies a bird saying "D'ya remember Pearl Harbor, kid?!" In the distance is a battleship. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc150/
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/
"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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc157/
"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/
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/
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/
Victory starts here!
A hand punches a time card in a dark blue time clock hanging on a dark blue wall. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc171/
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/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc178/
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/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc180/
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/