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

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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!

Man the Guns!

Accentuate the Positive,
Eliminate the Negative,
Latch on to the Affirmative,
Don`t Mess with Mr. In-Between.

Hit song, 1945, Music by Harold Arlen, Lyrics by Johnny Mercer

Masculine strength was a common visual theme in patriotic posters. Pictures of powerful men and mighty machines illustrated America`s ability to channel its formidable strength into the war effort. American muscle was presented in a proud display of national confidence.

Man the Guns—
Join the Navy
by McClelland Barclay, 1942

Produced for the Navy
Recruiting Bureau
NARA Still Picture Branch
(NWDNS-44-PA-24)

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Poster Man the Guns--Join the Navy
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Keep `Em Fighting
Printed for the National
Safety Council, Inc.

NARA Still Picture Branch
(NWDNS-44-PA-1171B)

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Poster Keep 'Em Fighting--Production Wins Wars--Stop Accidents
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Get Hot—Keep Moving
On the back of this print is inscribed "Bridgeport Brass."

NARA Still Picture Branch
(NWDNS-179-WP-1256)

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Poster Get Hot--Keep Moving--Don't Waste a Precious Minute

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