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Fight, Let's go! Join the Navy

Date: 1941
Dimensions:
Overall: 1065 x 790 mm
Medium: Ink on paper with linen backing
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00033869
Place Manufactured:United States

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    Description
    An American sailor is shown walking up a gangway with his kit on his shoulder before shipping off to war. This poster was issued by the United Sates Navy Reserve to generate recruits and support for the war. It is a stylised representation of a healthy young man and uses bold expressions like 'fight', to attract people’s attention.
    SignificanceThis poster represents the way glamourised images of men were used to make the war seem more appealing.
    HistoryPosters have long been used as a means to spread ideas and promote causes. During World War II, they were used to generate patriotism, sway public opinion and spread propaganda. They spoke from a position of authority to unite people in a common cause.

    These propaganda posters were often displayed in libraries, post offices, schools and factories. They addressed a number of home and war front issues including worker productivity, security, food rations and war bonds. They were all part of a national and international campaign to support the war effort during WWII.
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