Untitled poster design
Untitled poster design
By Fred Chance, ca. 1941-45
Gouache on paper on board
National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office of War Information

Artistic Expressions: Untitled poster design
One of the most common devices used to motivate and inspire American citizens during World War II was the poster. From 1941—45, the Federal Government produced millions of posters from thousands of original designs that called on Americans to enlist in the armed forces, conserve scrap metals, buy war bonds, boost industrial production, and follow security regulations. While the design for Fred Chance's poster is uncaptioned, clearly the American farmer, depicted as a crucial part of the war effort, was the audience. Food harvests made possible the industrial production and military might symbolized by the swarm of tanks and planes behind him.

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