May 9th, 2013
Unit 3 Project
The Poster Art of WWI and WWII
During the First and Second World Wars, propaganda posters were used to influence people of their country to do certain objectives to support the troops. These objectives were anything from purchasing war bonds to rationing food for the soldiers. The influence of these propaganda posters was tremendous in many different countries.
During World War I, propaganda posters played a very big role in the United States. These propaganda posters were made to help support the troops that were fighting in the war. Posters such as “Come on!” by Walter Whitehead during the First World War features a soldier asking people to buy more Liberty Bonds. These Liberty Bonds helped support the war and soldiers who were fighting in it. During World War II, posters such as “America will always fight for freedom” by Bernard Perlin features soldiers who fought in the American Revolution saluting soldiers who are fighting in World War II. The poster is showing how America has and will always fight for freedom. These two posters are similar because they are both asking and showing support for the soldiers in the war. Posters like these are what helped the United States support the war effort.
Canada also used propaganda posters to aid in their war efforts. Some of the posters they used were similar and some were different. One of the propaganda posters that stood out to me from Canada was “We are saving you” by E. Henderson in 1918. This pictures shows a Canadian soldier telling people to ration food for the war effort. It says, “Well fed soldiers, win the war”. This stood out to me because its different from many other propaganda posters you see. Canadians also used propaganda posters during the Second World War. In 1942, the U.S. office of Facts and Figures made a poster called “This man is your friend: Canadian: He fights for freedom”. This poster shows the relationship...