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World War II Posters

Resource guide to World War posters in the Government Documents collection at Milner Library.

Victory Homes

World War II poster, Rationing safeguards your share  World War II poster, Produce more food for defense. More eggs. More milk. More porkWorld War II poster, Food is a Weapon.Don't waste it. Buy wisely, cook carefully, eat it all World War II poster, We'll have lots to eat this winter, won't we mother? Grow Your Own, Can Your OwnWorld War II poster, Can all you can. It's a real war job!  World War II poster, home canning. boiling water bath for fruits, tomatoes. Pressure canner for corn, beans, peas, etc.   World War II poster, Home canning fruits. Packing and sealing          World War II poster, Use it up, wear it out, make it do! Our labor and our goods are fighting   World War II poster, Homemaker's war guide.


“Victory begins at home” was a common message during the war. With resources being shipped overseas, housewives were specifically targeted and reminded of their shared responsibility in winning the war on the home front—they had a “real war job.”  (See "Jenny on the Job" tab for a comparison of posters directed toward women in the workforce.) Growing and preserving food was an encouraged sacrifice. Some posters offer a catchy “Can All You Can,” whereas others factually display useful, step-by-step instructions on canning.  

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