Friday, July 11, 2008

Womens Army Corps Poster, WWII era

Originally uploaded by wacs62
Poster art played a large role in the campaigns to enlist and build morale in the US Military during Word War II. Posters were also used to keep public morale high as well as encourage, for example, neighbors to report suspicious activity.

Our current sensibilities make many of the old style approaches seem heavy handed or in some cases racist, sexist, or otherwise questionable, but it is also hard to put the US WWII War effort into any relevant modern context. Arguably the future of the world was at stake in the 1940s and it is extremely unlikely we'll see any kind of conflict like this again.