"Enlist in a Proud Profession ... U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps" Poster

Physical Description
Four-color print on paper.
Specific History
The Division of Military History and Diplomacy has been collecting recruiting posters for more than fifty years. Recruiting as an activity of the military is important to the understanding of who serves in uniform during both war and peace and the visual materials used to market military service. The collection contains examples of early Civil War broadsides; World War I posters, including the original artwork for Uncle Sam as drawn by Montgomery Flagg; and World War II posters, which show the recruiting of men and women for all services and auxiliary organizations. The collection contains primarily Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II recruiting posters for the army, navy and some marines. More modern-day recruiting materials are also contained in the collection, and cover a broad range of army recruiting slogans.
General History
Posters during World War II were designed to instill in people a positive outlook, a sense of patriotism and confidence. They linked the war in trenches with the war at home. From a practical point, they were used to encourage all Americans to help with the war effort. The posters called on every man, woman, and child to endure the personal sacrifice and domestic adjustments to further the national agenda. They encouraged rationing, conservation, and sacrifice. In addition, the posters were used for recruitment, productivity, and motivation as well as for financing the war effort. The stark, colorful graphic designs elicited strong emotions. The posters played to the fears, frustrations, and faith in freedoms that lingered in people's minds during the war.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
associated dates
United States. Office of War Information
US Government Printing Office
issuing authority
U.S. Public Health Service
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
blue (overall color)
white (overall color)
red (overall color)
grey (overall color)
black (overall color)
average spatial: 71.6 cm x 51.3 cm; 28 3/16 in x 20 3/16 in
Place Made
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
related event
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
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Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


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