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Contributed by Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records: State Library of Arizona
This collection was created to share artwork and posters created by the federal government during World War II. These posters cover a broad range of topics, though they primarily focus on the way this conflict changed life on the American home front.
Rationing (12 items)
Despite World War II being fought on and across two different oceans, the American people had to make sacrifices on the home front. Many foods and consumer goods were extremely limited or entirely unavailable throughout the war; those that could be bought were often limited through a system of ration books and coupons. These posters helped explain to the American public the basic rationale behind the program and the need to adhere to it for everyone's well-being.
War Bonds (8 items)
While a variety of bonds are still sold today by the U.S. Treasury Department, their purchase is not seen as a patriotic duty; during World War II that was not the case. Americans bought roughly $185 billion worth of bonds, which were vital in financing the war costs of not only American forces, but many Allied forces as well. Posters frequently encouraged Americans by appealing to their sense of patriotism and duty, as well as concern for the men fighting.
Office of War Information (10 items)
The Office of War Information existed from 1942 to 1945 under the aegis of the President's Office for Emergency Management; they produced dozens of posters and other publications about the war effort and ways American citizens could help. This included a broad range of topics including canning, charts about chemical weapons, and assurances that the Allies would prevail.