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!

You Talk of Sacrifice...He Knew the Meaning of Sacrifice!

The mortal realities of war must be impressed vividly on every citizen. There is a lighter side to the war picture, particularly among Americans, who are irrepressibly cheerful and optimistic. But war means death. It means suffering and sorrow. The men in the service are given no illusions as to the grimness of the business in which they are engaged. We owe it to them to rid ourselves of any false notions we may have about the nature of war.
--Government Information Manual for the Motion Picture Industry
Office of War Information

To guard against complacency, the Government promoted messages that reminded civilian America of the suffering and sacrifices that were being made by its Armed Forces overseas.

You Talk of Sacrifice...

Produced by Winchester
NARA Still Picture Branch
(NWDNS-179-WP-1386)

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Poster You Talk of Sacrifice...He Knew the Meaning of Sacrifice!
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Have You Really Tried to Save Gas by Getting Into a Car Club?
By Harold Von Schmidt, 1944

Printed by the Government
Printing Office
NARA Still Picture Branch
(NWDNS-200(S)-PSC-16)

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Poster Have You Really Tried to Save Gas by Getting Into a Car Club?
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Miles of Hell to Tokyo!
By Amos Sewell, 1945

Printed by the Government
Printing Office
for the War Manpower Commission
NARA Civil Reference Branch
(208-PMP-45)

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Poster Miles of Hell to Tokyo!--Work Where You're Needed

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