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Can I tell 'em you're still with us? Next Stop Tokyo - Let's Go!

Date: 1945
Dimensions:
Overall: 1015 x 720 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00015462
Place Manufactured:United States

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    Description
    A sailor is operating a signal lantern from a Navy Vessel in this World War II recruitment poster. Propaganda posters used images of healthy attractive men to promote their cause and punchy expressions, like 'Next stop Tokyo- Let's go' to convey messages quickly. This poster was issued by the US Navy Reserve's Industrial Incentive Division to encourage productivity in factories on the home front.
    SignificanceThis is an example of how posters could motivate support for the war through the use of effective images and expressions.
    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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