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Macarthur is giving his all ...are you?

Date: 1943
Dimensions:
Overall: 865 x 588 mm, 0.25 kg
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: 00017811
Place Manufactured:United States

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    Description
    A World War II poster painted by Jes Schlaikjer depicting General Douglas MacArthur holding binoculars while on duty with his troops in the jungle. The poster was sponsored by American Legion Magazine and attempted to motivate troops in their duties. MacArthur was a recognisable figure who commanded great respect in the public.
    Jes Schlaikjer was an Official War Department artist in the United States and was responsible for numerous posters for the military and Red Cross as a well as a number of covers for American Legions magazine.
    SignificanceThis poster represents how war celebrities were used to motivate and influence the public. Many young American servicemen viewed MacArthur as a hero and mentor.
    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.

    Douglas MacArthur was a respected American General and Field Marshal, who oversaw the Japanese surrender in 1945. He played a significant role in the battle for the Pacific.
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