Posters, part 5

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This time we have some posters from WWII era.  The first one encourages those on the home front to work on a farm during the summer for the US Crop Corps so that food can continued to be produced for our troops overseas.  The second one is a bit more startling and implies that Nazi’s are  the enemy and a threat to Christianity.  The third is a piece that came from Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company and encourage the worker’s to keep producing so that the military would have what it needed.

The first one in this grouping also comes from Newport News Shipbuilding and encourages people to carpool to work.  I’ve always enjoyed the rhymes that go along with the Shipyard posters.   The second poster is WWI era and has the pastel colors and imagery that I always find so appealing.  It was done by artist James Montgomery Flagg to help recruit men to the Navy.  The last poster is also a recruiting poster, but from WWII.  I know that Lee is generally thought well of, but it seems weird to see his face on a poster for WWII.  Perhaps this piece was aimed at a particular audience.

Posters part 3

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While we have a lot of beautiful and serious posters, I decided to focus this week on some of the posters that give me a good chuckle, whether they be rhymes from the shipyard to encourage workers or posters warning sailors and soldiers about the dangers of venereal disease.  It sometimes feels a little wrong to laugh at these as I know they were usually meant as serious warnings, but I just can’t help myself!  Anyways, enjoy these gems!

The first poster is one we acquired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company in 1962.  There is no information at the bottom of the poster and I have not found another one online, so I don’t know much about it, but I love the imagery of the messy pig.  The second came to us from the shipyard and was used to encourage their employees to work hard to help defeat the Nazis.  The line “And knocked Adolph square on his Axis” cracks me up every time!  The third poster is from 1945 and encourages sailors/soldiers to get an x-ray done.  I guess the idea is that if the big burly guy in the poster is willing to get his done, you should too.  It’s great that he is so happy with himself and sits there and smokes.  If only he knew what we know these days!   Read more

Propaganda Posters

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As I mentioned in a previous post, I am currently spending a little bit of time each week photographing our posters, of which we have about 600.  The eventual goal is to put each of these photographs in our database so that we can use them when searching for posters, but also so that visitors can see them when they search our collection online.  So, here are some of my latest finds!

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Propaganda Posters

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I’ve been spending a lot of time recently with our collection of posters, mostly propaganda or advertising, as I’ve been photographing them so we can have the images in our database.  For some reason, I have always been drawn to posters, especially those with bright, colorful images (as with the ones I shared a few posts ago).  So without further ado, here are some of the ones I have been working with this week.

The first poster is a Navy recruiting poster from 1917 and was done by artist Kenyon Cox.  The second is a very bright poster that hung in the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company to encourage workers to keep at their work.  The clown is a little creepy, but nevertheless, this is a great poster.  The third is a Russian poster from 1932 that a fantastic volunteer recently translated for me.  I’m not exactly sure why the poster was made, but it might possibly be to celebrate the creation of the Russian Pacific Fleet.   Read more