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Colour lithograph jigsaw puzzle guide

Date: c 1945
Display Dimensions: 380 x 515 mm
Medium: Paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Paul Hundley
Object Name: Visual guide to jigsaw puzzle
Object No: 00046783

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    This jigsaw puzzle guide was produced by John Sands Pty Ltd in Australia in about 1945. The left hand side of the jigsaw puzzle depicts the face of the former American President F. D. Roosevelt. The right hand side is the face of the former Australian Prime Minister John Curtin. The jigsaw puzzle that this guide relates to can be viewed as a piece of wartime propaganda.
    SignificanceThe jigsaw puzzle guide is useful in providing examples of World War II wartime propaganda. It was part of a national and international campaign to increase patriotic emotions to support the war effort during World War II.
    HistoryThis jigsaw puzzle symbolises the relationship between Prime Minster John Curtin and President F. D. Roosevelt during World War II. America officially entered the arena of World War II after the Japanese attacked the Hawaiian base Pearl Harbour. Prior to World War II, Australian foreign policy had previously followed the direction of British Imperial policy. As British troops were already heavily engaged in the War, Curtin recognised the need to strongly establish Australia's interests by forging an alliance with a new ally, the United States of America. Curtin's acceptance of the United States General Douglas MacArthur as the Supreme Allied Commander in the Pacific brought an end to Australia's military relationship with the United Kingdom in the Pacific.

    Propaganda has long been considered a vehicle to spread ideas, arguments or allegations and to promote causes. During World War II posters were easily visible in American libraries, post offices, schools, streets and factories. Some addressed home front efforts, others exhorted workers to greater productivity. Many warned of the dangers of leaking defence information. Postcards and games were also used to appeal to a sense of patriotism or to the darker emotions of anger at the human cost of war. Posters, postcards and games were all part of a national and international campaign to support the war effort during World War II. They were intended to sway public opinion and spread propaganda. They spoke from a position of authority uniting people in a common cause. Their effectiveness arises from a complex design of words and symbols.

    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Colour lithograph jigsaw puzzle guide from jigsaw puzzle of President Roosevelt and Prime Minister Curtain

    Web title: Colour lithograph jigsaw puzzle guide

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