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The five Sullivan brothers missing in action off the Solomons

Date: 1943
Overall: 480 x 534 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00009078
Place Manufactured:United States

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    The theme of sacrifice was a common feature of propaganda posters during World War II. This American poster depicts five sons of the Sullivan family, all lost on board the cruiser JUNEAU on 11 November 1942. Images like this stirred patriotism and motivated people to action.
    SignificanceThis is a good example of how posters could emotionally affect the public. The Sullivan family's loss generated much sympathy and the Navy later ruled brothers could not serve in the same ship or regiment.
    HistoryThe Sullivan's story was a national stirring point in the war campaign. The news that five brothers from one family had all been lost on board the same vessel became widespread and featured in posters, news reels and speeches. In war bond drives it was an effective motivational tool.

    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. Some posters targeted school children.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Die fünf Sullivan-Brüder gefehlt in Aktion bei die Solomons

    Web title: The five Sullivan brothers missing in action off the Solomons

    Assigned title: De vijf Sullivan broers vermist in action bij de Solomons

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