The National Archives Powers of Persuasion
Poster Art from WW II
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Introduction

About this Exhibit

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Part 1

Man the Guns!

It`s a Woman`s War Too!

United We Win

Use it Up, Wear it Out

Four Freedoms

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Part 2

Warning! Our Homes
Are in Danger Now!

This is Nazi Brutality

He`s Watching You

He Knew the Meaning
of Sacrifice

Stamp `Em Out!

Stamp 'Em Out!

War posters that are symbolic do not attract a great deal of attention, and they fail to arouse enthusiasm. Often, they are misunderstood by those who see them.
How to Make Posters That Will Help Win The War
Office of Facts and Figures, 1942

The Government tried to identify the most effective poster style. One government-commissioned study concluded that the best posters were those that made a direct , emotional appeal and presented realistic pictures in photographic detail. The study found that symbolic or humorous posters attracted less attention, made a less favorable impression, and did not inspire enthusiasm. Nevertheless, many symbolic and humorous posters were judged to be outstanding in national poster competitions during the war.

Stamp `Em Out!

Produced by RCA Manufacturing
Company, Inc.
NARA Still Picture Branch
(NWDNS-44-PA-1795)

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Poster Stamp 'Em Out!
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Crack the Axis
by Charles Allen

Pastel and gouache on illustration board
NARA Still Picture Branch
(NWDNS-208-B-5-12)

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Poster Crack the Axis--with Uninterupted (sic) Production
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More Production
by Zudor

Printed by the Government
Printing Office
for the War Production Board
NARA Still Picture Branch
(NWDNS-208-PMP-129)

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Poster More Production

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