Posters, part 7

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Our first poster is obviously a WWII poster and encourages people to remember Pearl Harbor and join the Coast Guard to help defend the country.  The image was done by Charles Rosner.  The second poster has pretty much the same message as the first, just without mention of Pearl Harbor.  Both of these posters were used in a recruiting office in Norfolk, VA, which is probably how we ended up with them.  The third poster is one of my favorites, I guess because I don’t generally associate space travel with the Navy.  It is ca 1955 with an unknown artist.

“Pour it on” is a great poster from 1942 by artist Jarret Price.  It was made by the United States War Production Board and it looks as though we might have received our copy from the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, which would make sense because we have received many posters from them.  The second is another WWII poster and features a sad, but true, message about the inhabitants of Lidice, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic).  The third poster ca 1950’s/60’s encourages women to join the Navy and shows three different positions they can hold.  It was done by artist Lou Nolan.

The Magical City of Prague

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View of Prague
View of Prague

Most people have a favorite city or place they enjoy visiting.  For me, that place is Prague, the capitol of the Czech Republic.  I spent a semester there as an undergraduate and fell in love with the magic and beauty of the city.  The people, while quiet, are generally friendly and helpful.  So I was incredibly happy to discover that we had two prints of Prague.  I never expected to find anything from Prague in the collection because the Czech Republic is a land-locked country.

This view of Prague is very peaceful and calm and reminds me a lot of how I feel when I visit the city, which is relaxed and very content.  To the left of the print is Charles Bridge (Karlův most), an icon and huge tourist attraction for the city.  It is a pedestrians only bridge where visitors can purchase wares from sellers and.  You can also stand on the bridge and watch the boats go by on the Vltava River.  I believe this print is showing the East side of the river, where Old Town (Staré Město) is located.   Read more