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Wisconsin World War II Stories: The Struggle

Using primary source WWII recruitment posters helps students to understand World War II

Date: 1944 

Description: WAVES Unnumbered Design, "Mother and Daughter." The poster features a proud mother with her arm around her daughter, who is in naval uniform. In the backgr...

Date: 1943 ca.

Description: At the top of the image, a hand pours fat from a skillet into a explosion of thirteen bombs flying towards the viewer. Text at top reads, "Save waste fats...

Date: 1944 

Description: Women's Army Corps (WAC) Design No. 1, "I'd Rather Be with Them." The poster features a young woman in military uniform with a pack on her shoulders and a...

Date: 1943 

Description: War Food Administration Design No. 2, "Market Basket." The poster features a background with farmland on the left and factories on the left. In the upper f...

Date: 1943 

Description: War Manpower Commission Design No. 3, "Uncle Sam." The poster features Uncle Sam pointing toward the audience. The subtitle below the main caption reads: "...

Date: 1968-12 

Description: Cover of "Fun Travel Adventure", an underground newspaper, depicting a collage of soldiers at Iwo Jima with an oversized, purple flower replacing the Ameri...

Date: 1917 ca.

Description: Display in the window of John J. Blied & Sons promoting victory gardens and featuring seed packets, hoes, and watering cans.

Date: 1943 

Description: Exterior of Albert Kaepernick Jr.'s McCormick-Deering farm equipment dealership. A poster in the front window reads: "Throw your scrap into the fight!".

Date: 1943 

Description: Office of Civilian Defense Design No. 5, "Home Canning." The poster features a woman in a checkered apron pouring something from a cooking pan into a jar....

Date: 1942 

Description: Treasury Design No. 16, "Army Anti-Aircraft." The poster features four soldiers operating anti-aircraft artillery. In the bottom right corner it reads: "At...

Date: 1917 

Description: Uncle Sam recruiting poster that says "I want You for U.S. Army". Poster has three different addresses for nearest recruiting offices.

Date: 1945 

Description: Treasury Design, unknown title and number. The poster features a man in a suit jacket and tie holding up 100-dollar war savings bonds in both hands.

Date: 1943 

Description: National Housing Agency Design No. 2, "Convert Extra Space." The poster features a well-kept suburban home with a flagpole emerging from the garden. To the...

Date: 1918 ca.

Description: United States Department of the Treasury Liberty bonds poster. Depicts a giant German soldier, with blood on his hands and rifle bayonet, leaning over the...

Date: 1943 

Description: War Manpower Commission Design No. 2, "Uncle Sam." The poster features Uncle Sam pointing his thumb at the people working at machines behind him. The subti...

Date: 1942 

Description: Treasury Design No. 19, "Paramarine." The poster features a group of paramarines in the air. In the bottom left corner are the words "Semper Fidelis, 167th...

Date: 1943 

Description: Office of Civilian Defense Design No. 3, Untitled. The poster features a woman with her face buried in her arms, clutching a letter in one hand. The subtit...

Date: 1945 

Description: Treasury Design No. 58, featuring the raising of the stars and stripes on Mt. Suribacki, Iwo Jima by U.S. Marines February 23, 1945.

Date: 1943 

Description: Office of Civilian Defense Design No. 6, "Life Raft." The poster features a man in uniform pulling a limp man out of the water and into a life raft. The su...

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