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  Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
 Serial/Series Title: American War Posters
 Collection: World War Poster Collection
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/
A careless word-- : --a needless sinking.
A ship at sea burns in the background while sailors row away in a life boat. Some are wearing life vests and some appear to be wounded. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc449/
Christmas overseas gifts : wrap securely, address correctly, choose gifts wisely : mail between Sept. 15 - Oct. 15.
Picture of Santa Claus in a soldier's helmet, pointing with his left hand at a wrapped and addressed package in his right. The U.S. seal appears at the lower left corner and a U.S. Navy shield logo appears at the lower right corner. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc359/
College women in the WAC.
Poster of three photographs with text descriptions, each showing three young women (seniors from the Vassar College Class of 1944) involved in various Women's Army Corps recruitment activities: trying on a WAC hat, signing up for WAC, and pledging the oath of enlistment. The young women wear cardigan sweaters, skirts, and loafers. Older women in WAC uniforms appear in two of the photographs. The three students who appear in the photos are: Marjorie Maddox, Maud Banks, and Joan Trumbull. The two servicewomen are: Private First Class Gladys A. Francis, Major Lucille Van Bolt, and Second Lieutenant Elizabeth M. Whitmore. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc618/
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/
Defeat the Kaiser and his U-boats : victory depends on which fails first, food or frightfulness : eat less wheat.
In the foreground is the profile of Kaiser Wilhelm II wearing a German helmet. His face is colored green. In the background is a u-boat in the water; farther in the distance is a sinking ship with smoke rising from it. The sky is colored orange and the orange sky is reflected on the surface of the water. Centered at the bottom of the poster is a circular seal: a shield with a U.S. flag motif, surrounded by wheat stalks. (This is a seal of the U.S. Food Administration.) digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc418/
Defend American freedom: it's everybody's job.
Uncle Sam has removed his top hat and is putting on a workman's cap. His jacket is draped over his left shoulder and he is wearing striped overalls over a white shirt with the sleeves rolled up. Along the bottom of the poster is the silhouette of an industrial landscape. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc611/
Defend your country : enlist now in the United States Army.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc422/
"Deliver us from evil" : buy war bonds.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc565/
Dish it out with the Navy! : Choose now while you can.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc610/
Do with less, so they'll have enough! : rationing gives you your fair share.
Color poster of a soldier smiling and holding a large metal cup. The soldier wears a helmet and an olive-colored shirt. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc538/
Do your part to win the war : buy more war savings stamps.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc566/
"Doing all you can, brother?" : buy war bonds.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc406/
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/
Don't get hurt : it may cost his life.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc269/
Don't let him stick his nose in your business.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc224/
Don't let that shadow touch them : buy war bonds.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc205/
Don't let this happen to you! : too little, too late : order coal now!
A shovel leans against the wall of an empty coal cellar where a few coal briquettes spell out the words "too little, too late." digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc430/
During this emergency, serve your country in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc537/
Eat more corn, oats and rye products-- ... : eat less wheat, meat, sugar and fats, to save for the Army and our allies.
Color poster depicts a variety of foods on a table: a whole fish on a plate, a bowl of fruit, vegetables, a basket of corn, poultry, and a loaf of bread. The table is brown and the poster background is green. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc361/
Eat the Basic 7-- every day! : eat a lunch that packs a punch!
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". digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc619/
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/
The enemy is listening : he wants to know what you know : keep it to yourself.
All-lettered poster in black and red tones urging the reader not to discuss information which may affect national security. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc535/
Enlist in a proud profession! : join the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.
Image of a woman in a gray dress military uniform with a "CADET NURSE" sleeve patch. She has light-colored hair and wears a beret. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc606/
Enlist in a proud profession-- : join the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps : a lifetime education free! for high school graduates who qualify.
Profile image of a woman wearing a gray dress cadet nurse uniform. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc617/
O'er the ramparts we watch : United States Army Air Forces.
A young man with dark hair stands in the clouds, holding a large rocket-shaped bomb. He wears a brown leather bomber jacket and a silver I.D. bracelet. Small images of military airplanes fly in the clouds below him. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc218/
Every child needs a good school lunch : the War Food Administration will help your community start a school lunch program.
Color poster shows a graphic image of a boy and girl playing baseball. A school house can be seen in the background. In the foreground is superimposed a black & white photograph of a boy eating at a table. He has a plate of cooked food, a glass of milk, and fruit. He wears overalls and a striped shirt. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc548/
"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/
"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/
Feed a fighter : eat only what you need-- waste nothing-- that he and his family may have enough.
Charcoal drawing of a soldier sitting in a trench, drinking out of a cup. Other soldiers can be seen in the background. At the top right corner of the poster is the round seal of the U.S. Food Administration (shield with flag motif surrounded by wheat stalks). digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc408/
Fight, let's go! : join the Navy.
A sailor in a Service Dress Blue uniform carries a large white sea bag on his shoulder. He appears to be boarding a ship. Planes fly in the sky above him, some in formation. A large ship can be seen in the background. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc609/
Fight or buy bonds : Third Liberty Loan.
Color poster depicts a woman dressed in a white gown and holding a U.S. flag in the air. Troops march in the background, also carrying a U.S. flag. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc325/
Fight world famine : enroll in the Boys' Working Reserve.
A young man or boy stands next to a haystack, fighting off vultures with a pitch fork. He wears the uniform of the U.S. Boys' Working Reserve. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc315/
For liberty, civilization, and humanity.
Poster of a soldier playing a bugle on a hill, standing in front of a U.S. flag. In the distant background on the right, a ship is sinking. The image of the bugler is adapted from an original sculpture by Edoardo Cammilli. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc410/
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/
For their future-- : buy war bonds.
Painting of a blonde woman in a blue shirt and red and white striped skirt, holding a blonde baby. There is a blue sky behind them with some clouds. They are both looking down at a black toy lamb, with a flower wreath around its head. The poster is bordered by a painted picture frame. "BUY WAR BONDS" is in what would be a metal plate fastened to the "frame" digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc366/
For work, for play, 3 "squares" a day : eat the Basic 7 way.
A series of silhouette images against blue, red, and yellow backgrounds: man using industrial machine, woman washing, boy hoeing; man with fishing pole, woman with tennis racket, boy with baseball bat; man seated eating at table, woman standing and handing steaming dish to boy seated at table. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc546/
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. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc602/
Full speed ahead! : produce for your Navy, victory begins at home!
Color poster of a smaller boat attacking a large ship that flies the Japanese flag. This is a night scene. The ship has spotlights on and there is an explosion near the ship. In lower right corner of the painting there is a light blue rectangle of text superimposed over the painting with the title "U.S. NAVY DISPATCH" and a quote. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc379/
Gas.
This poster features six individual cartoon panels illustrating the identification of various poisonous gases, including lewisite, mustard, tear, phosgene and clorpicrin. The text is printed in red and black. The cartoons are gray and black line drawings with selective fill of pink and red. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc526/
I gave a man! : will you give at least 10% of your pay in war bonds?
A young woman (presumably a widowed mother) holds a smiling infant. A young blond girl embraces the woman while smiling at the baby. The woman has dark hair, is wearing dark clothing, and has a somber facial expression. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc462/
German army uniforms and insignia.
Color poster showing the insignia, patches, hats and uniforms of the German army. The poster features two figures: one is a German soldier wearing the blue field uniform and the other is a German soldier wearing the brown Afrika Korps uniform. Also depicted are the national emblems worn on headgear. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc516/
German navy uniforms and insignia.
Color poster showing the insignia, patches, hats and uniforms of the German navy. The poster features four figures wearing different navy uniforms: a white summer uniform, a blue service dress uniform, a blue signal corps uniform, and a green officer's field service dress uniform. Also shown are the national emblems which appear on headgear and buttons. Also included are charts showing German pronunciation and a comparison of ratings (ranks) in U.S. and German navies. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc525/
Get a load of this-- : the Army needs lumber for crates and boxes.
Color poster of three soldiers loading crates with a lifting device consisting of ropes attached to a metal hook. Two soldiers are shirtless; all are wearing helmets. In the background, bombs explode in the water near a boat loaded with wooden crates. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc419/
Get in the scrap.
Four images in black with gray backgrounds and captions in red. The black images are: an aerial bomb, a tank, a battleship, and an anti-aircraft gun. The gray background design incorporates outline images of various junk metal objects. Each caption describes the finished object and the amount of scrap metal required to produce it. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc524/
Get the Jap and get it over! : work where you're needed.
Bullet-ridden and tattered Japanese and German flags (of World-War II era) fly on a bamboo pole. Background is in shades of green. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc421/
Girl Scouts : volunteers for victory.
A black and white photo of a Girl Scout using the three-finger Scout Sign (salute), standing next to a U.S. flag. She wears a Girl Scout uniform and hat. The Girl Scout Promise appears below the picture: "On my honor I will try: To do my duty to God and my country, To help other people at all times, To obey the Girl Scout Laws." The Girl Scout trefoil design (insignia) appears as a watermark-style design under this text. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc529/
Give it your best!
Large color image of the U.S. flag with 48 stars. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc480/
Give it your best!
Color image of the U.S. flag, with 48 stars. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc482/