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World War II Posters

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


A simple way those on the home front could aid the war effort was by not carelessly revealing details to spies and saboteurs. There were many variations on this theme. In the examples artists contrast a button-lipped cartoon character and a handsome soldier in his prime against scenes of devastation and personal injury.

Careful thought was given when depicting injured soldiers in posters. Some agencies, such as the Department of Treasury, prohibited such depictions in their series of War Bond posters (see Defense and War Bond posters).

Please Note

Please note the collection includes items for their historical perspective and significance. Milner Library in no way condones the use of language or images that is offensive to persons of any race, religion, disability status, ethnicity/national origin, gender or sexual orientation.

Loose Talk

WWII Poster, Be Smart Act Dumb  WWII Poster, Kill It. Kill rumours WWII Poster, Zipped Lips

WWII Poster, Americans Suffer When Careless Talk Kills

World War II poster, Somebody Blabbed  World War II poster, Loose Talk Can Cost Lives  

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