World War II Propaganda - (Keith Thornburgh) 

This gallery is a collaboration of American World War II propaganda posters. Uncle Sam wants you to know your enemy!

A morale booster for women working in factories during the war. --- Women were an essential part of the war effort. They built weapons, munitions, and vehicles for the soldiers off at war. The woman in the poster flexing her muscles is the emphasis to the message. The female workforce was to be inspired.
A poster that encourages you to keep quiet about troop movement, shipments, or any other information that can be damaging to the war effort. --- The message here is conveyed very cleverly. The enemy, signified by the ring, is piecing information together like a puzzle. Shapes and colors help convey the overall message.
An attempt to persuade citizens to buy war bonds to help fund the war. --- This artist does well at conveying the message. The children are the center of focus. The swastika shadow is the enemy. The artist shows the little girl clutching a doll that lays within the shadow. It appears limp as if it were dead, resembling what would happen if a person were touched by the shadow (enemy).
Encouragement for the wives back home to keep as much contact with their husbands as possible. This was an effort to boost the soldiers' morale. --- The artist uses color contrast to pull emphasis on the woman in the foreground writing her letter. Meanwhile, in the background, there are soldiers receiving their letters with smiles on their faces.
This was most likely an effort to persuade men and woman to join the war effort either by enlisting in the military or working in factories. --- In this illustration, pilots are the center of focus, hard at work, fighting the war. To help convey this message the artist illustrates movement with the soldiers in mid stride and the plane in the sky.
When supplies were limited at this time, it was strongly encouraged to limit your use of resources. Frivolous use of resources meant less for the soldiers, which meant we could lose the war. --- In this piece the artist uses variety and balance. At the top are desired resources we need, and at bottom are artillery soldiers fighting. The words on the poster separate and balance the two scenes depicted.
This is another graphic poster detailing what can happen when information falls into the wrong hands. --- The artists draws our attention the tip of the pen. Where ink should be instead is blood, meant to resemble the death of a soldier as a result of "loose lips." To help convey this message, the pen is driven through a soldier's helmet sitting atop a grave marker.
The military had to fill important roles by citizens. One way to advertise these positions in need was by posters. --- The artist advertises the need for railroad workers. The illustration uses lines to draw the trains and their tracks. The artist also illustrates space using linear perspective with a vanishing point thus creating a three dimensional image.
With resources at a limited supply, even food, efforts were made to combat wastefulness. This was so soldiers had everything they needed to fight the war. --- Within this piece there is a sense of unity. Completeness is the objective. The message to the viewer is to finish your meals completely and not be wasteful. Soldiers need everything you can go without.
So that the military could move thousands upon thousands of soldiers across the country, they encouraged citizens to reconsider travel if it wasn't necessary. --- In this illustration the artist utilizes space. The soldiers in the foreground are larger compared to the ones towards the back. The train behind them fades off into the distance.
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