"Wings Over America" Poster

Physical Description
Four-color print on paper.
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.
Object Name
date made
associated date
1941 - 1945
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 38 in x 25 in; 96.52 cm x 63.5 cm
United States
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
World War II
The Great Depression and World War II
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
The Price of Freedom:Americans at War
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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