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Art can be used in many different ways, and one that I find particulairly interesting is as propaganda. Especially war propaganda, as countries always want to bolster national pride and recruit troops during times of war, and an easy way to do this is through propaganda posters. I’ve got a small collection of posters from WWII on my computer that I’ve gotten from various sites, so I thought I’d share.

(it’s hard to see, but there are a bunch of little Hitler faces around the phone booth in the first poster, and the face in the painting in the second is him too)

These are some of the posters for the Allies and the Axis, mostly from the US, Canada, and Germany, though there is one from Belgium. Some of them aimed to inspire pride in the troops, and others offered ways that people not participating in battle, generally women and children, could help the war effort. Some of them are warnings, and some are just funny. All of them use imagery, and usually in a very specific way. Notice, all of the soldiers, women, and children are very young, attractive, and happy, whereas the enemy is old and grizzled. And what about that guy driving alone? Looking pretty sneaky in that purple suit and fedora. All of the Germans are looking pretty blonde as well.

Here’s a video, if you’re interested in seeing more.