Produce for Victory
Teachers and Educators!
World War II posters helped mobilize a nation. Inexpensive, accessible, and ever-present, the poster was an ideal agent for making war aims the personal mission of every American. Government agencies, businesses, and private organizations issued an array of poster images linking the military front with the home front — calling upon every citizen to boost production at work and at home. Twenty-six of the Smithsonian ’s best wartime posters were reproduced in Produce for Victory, organized by the National Museum of American History and curated by Harry Rubenstein and Larry Bird. Collected by the Smithsonian ’s curator of graphic arts during World War II, these images accompanied photographs and original objects to tell the story of an America mobilizing its human and natural resources for the war overseas.
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