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Where our men are fighting, Our food is fighting

Date: 1943
Overall: 800 x 650 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: 00033872
Place Manufactured:Washington

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    This propaganda poster shows descending American parachutes holding food crates and carrying soldiers. It uses the colours of red, white and blue as a symbol of American patriotism. Troops on the front line needed vast quantities of supplies to conduct operations and the American government regularly encouraged the home front to ration food and minimise waste.
    SignificanceThis poster represents rationing experienced during the war and the impact it had on the American public.
    HistoryIn 1942, the government established the Office of Price Administration to ration items and stave off inflation by controlling prices. However, with shortages of most food stuffs and rationing of essential items such as sugar, oil and rubber, Americans often turned to hoarding and the black market.

    By expanding home agriculture and bringing uncultivated land into production, the United States fed its own people and sent large quantities of food to the Allies overseas. Victory gardens were the most popular type of civilian war effort. In 1943, home-grown produce accounted for one-third of the vegetables eaten in the United States.

    Posters were an effective way the American government could mobilize the public and unite them behind the cause. Posters in varying sizes were commonly displayed in libraries, post offices, streets, factories and schools.

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