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Pride of the Fleet

Date: 1943
Overall: 330 x 460 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
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Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00009081
Place Manufactured:United States

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    A submerged Electric Boat Company submarine is depicted with its periscope surfacing while firing two torpedoes. During World War II American posters aimed to project a powerful image of the US Navy. This poster depicts a submarine, designed by the Electric Boat Company as the pride of the Fleet and a mighty weapon of stealth.
    SignificanceThis is representative of how posters generated public support for the war campaign by presenting images of the United States as a powerful opponent.
    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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    Maker: Wright

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