Posters are a great way to get an idea across and to
get information out to the general public. The use
of posters is not a new idea. In fact, the use of
posters has been around for centuries for
advertisement of new products. They were also
used in law enforcement as far back as the 1400's.
The use of Posters in war time became common place
in the United States during the Civil War, on both
sides of the Mason Dixon line. The Posters
asked for recruits, donations, warned citizens of
what to do in case a battle took place in their
area, and reported the news.
concept was also put in place to use on posters,
Propaganda. In order to scare local residents
into action, posters were printed showing the enemy
as the terrifying aggressor. Propaganda was
used two ways. It was used in a positive
manner, getting word out to motivate people, and in
a negative manner to scare or advertise false
the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December
7th, 1941, the American Government was quick to
print millions of copies of Uncle Sam. The posters
were placed in small towns, big cities and all over
the highways of this country to make sure that every
eligible male would think about and hopefully join.
These posters were responsible for the biggest rush
to local recruiters to join the military in the
history of the United States.
Millions of posters were printed all over the world
during World War II, the time frame in history that
used posters the most during any war. The
Government's part of the Allied and Axis nations
were responsible for a great deal of these posters.
However, individual companies also wanted to show
their patriotism and had posters printed,
advertising their products.
War II was at the peak of using Posters during war
time, with it being a war being fought all over the
world, they were needed to help with war bonds and
the great amount of personnel needed to win the war.
the 1950's with the Korean War and in the 1960's
with the Vietnam War, the use of television replaced
the need to produce posters. There were a
handful of posters printed up by the American
Government during the Korean War, but the start of
the television era with more people being able to
purchase the televisions to place in their homes,
the news and special reports helped get the word out
on a daily basis.
During the Vietnam War, the use of posters was
mostly used by those that protested the war.
Although they were mostly hand drawn and seen only
at the protest. This was also the last war
that the American Government printed war posters.
The following pages are a handful of posters showing
the artistic capabilities and cleaver ways to inform
the public of the needs of each war, why there were
shortages, and reminding the public not to talk
about troop movements and any other concerns of the