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Author Topic: WWII US Propaganda  (Read 13894 times)
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« on: 28 May 2009, 06:12:21 »
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A lot of US propaganda on postcards in WWII was cartoonish and attempted to be humorous.  Some was quite racist while we can still see the humor in others.


Reg Manning postcard from c1942 showing various Axis leaders as cartoonish figures.


A Max Halverson design with a play on words--WAC [Women's Army Corps] and 'whack'--although the rolling-pin harkens back to more traditional women's roles.

Another example of a US comic postcard of WWII; pretty mild if you ask me!  
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« Reply #1 on: 28 May 2009, 06:23:06 »
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One of four in a series, this postcard shows the Army fighting Hitler.  There were also cards for the Navy, Marines and Air Corps.
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« Reply #2 on: 17 June 2009, 22:50:58 »
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Here are 4 anti-Axis postcards from various countries.

1) a French pro-Poland postcard showing Hilter, Goering and Stalin attacking Poland.  This card dates from the time when the USSR and Germany were aligned, September 1939 to June 1941.

2) another French card dating from 1939.  Printed in English, it's captioned "Hitler's Dream" (which includes the moon!)

3) Portugese postcard showing the 'new order' in Europe and its consequences.

4) a US postcard dating from 1942 showing US soldiers using their bayonets on a dummy labeled Hirohito.  The racist tone and image was fairly typical from both the US and Japan during the war.


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« Reply #3 on: 21 June 2009, 23:15:06 »
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A play on words, the US stabs Hitler with a bayonet in this c1942 US postcard


A US Marine does the same to Japan in this 1943 postcard image


An unrealistic if heart-felt image of a US pilot getting ready to bomb Japan
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« Reply #4 on: 7 July 2009, 23:01:18 »
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Two Curt Teich linen postcards depicting citizens' outlook on rationing in the US.  Both postcards are from 1942.

Car tires were 'more precious than jewels' when rubber was rationed.


Hoarding tires during rationing, in a humorous light.

This picture of Uncle Sam--first used for recruiting posters, in WWI I believe--doesn't have his finger pointing at the viewer ("I need you") but instead has his finger over his lips:  "Don't talk about 'secrets'; you never know who's listening."


This Curteich linen postcard has the popular "Keep 'em Flying" slogan on it, meant to spur US workers--and everyone, really--to support the US forces fighting WWII.

This one has a kind of caricatured US B-14 Hudson medium bomber.

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There were a large number of linen postcards published in the US showing anti-Axis propaganda.  Some were quite rude and racist; all show the general feelings of the US at the time.


"But Sir, it save ammunition"--Japanese soldier gets shot out of gun


"We'll blow the Jap off the map"


"Black out of the Rising Sun" Japanese plane crashes into the ground


"Two of a Kind"--Japanese face with skunk body


"Those Japs will soon be Slap Happy"--Uncle Sam slaps a Japanese soldier


The Yanks are coming! Uncle Sam as dentist yanking out some teeth.


The Bird For the Job--US eagle drops a Japanese soldier into Mt. Fuji


Over the top propaganda.


Setting the Rising 'Sun'--Allied soldiers put a Japanese kid--son--on the pot

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To show that not all US propaganda was racist--some was just racy--showing the up-side to a blackout.  Linen postcard from MWM, printed on the back, "Buy War Bonds and Stamps".
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« Reply #5 on: 27 September 2009, 22:42:57 »
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Anti-Japanese US propaganda postcard showing a US serviceman capturing a Japanese flyer.
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Three I had on my HD...







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