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Cadets for naval aviation

Date: 1941
Dimensions:
Overall: 910 x 615 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00009083
Place Manufactured:United States

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    Description
    This poster shows a Navy officer giving directions while behind him a pilot climbs into an airplane cockpit. Aircraft support began to play a significant role in naval strategy during the middle of World War II. This poster aimed to recruit pilots and targeted young men seeking adventure.
    SignificanceThis image represents how posters inspired people to join the campaign by presenting a glamorous and optimistic view of the war.
    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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