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Revenge in the Pacific

Date: 1943
Dimensions:
Overall: 335 x 456 mm, 0.05 kg
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Object Copyright:
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00009080
Place Manufactured:United States

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    Description
    This propoganda poster depicts an American sailor looking through a submarine persicope at a sinking Japanese battleship. Revenge was a common theme in propaganda posters that appealed to public outrage over the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941.
    SignificanceThis is characteristic of propaganda posters designed to motivate patriotism and loyalty with emotive images.
    HistoryDuring World War II, posters were part of the war campaign to motivate patriotism, sway public opinion and spread propaganda. They would speak from a position of authority to unite people in a common cause and proved to be a succesful way of promoting ideas.

    Posters were displayed in libraries, post offices, schools and factories. Some addressed home front efforts, others exhorted workers to greater productivity. Many warned of the dangers of leaking defence information. Some posters were targeted directly at school children. They were all part of a national and international campaign to support the war effort.
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