Posters on the American Home Front (1941-45)

This exhibition was organized by the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). It was designed, edited, and produced by the Office of Exhibits Central, Smithsonian Institution. This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Museum of American History. Please check the tour schedule for locations and dates for the traveling exhibition.

World War II posters helped to mobilize a nation. Inexpensive, accessible, and ever-present, the poster was an ideal agent for making war aims the personal mission of every citizen. Government agencies, businesses, and private organizations issued an array of poster images linking the military front with the home front--calling upon every American to boost production at work and at home.

Deriving their appearance from the fine and commercial arts, posters conveyed more than simple slogans. Posters expressed the needs and goals of the people who created them.


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