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World War II-era Propaganda Posters

Identifier: 2020-00-00-8
The World War II-era Propaganda Posters is a small collection comprised of posters mass-produced during the years of 1939 to 1945. The collection includes both vintage posters and some modern reproductions of World War II posters.

The posters illustrate the United States government's wartime initiatives that were publicized to American civilians, such as propaganda to persuade the public to purchase war bonds or take on jobs to support the needs of the military. The posters range in size from 9.5 x 12 inches to 24 x 36 inches and include examples of works by artists Norman Rockwell, Joseph Anderson, Stevan Dohanos, Carolyn Moorhead Edmundson, Arthur Fisher, Allen Russell Saalburg, and Georges Schreiber.

The collection has been arranged into four series that reflect the thematic elements of the poster: Series I. "Careless talk" campaign, Series II. Recruitment, Series III. War bonds, and Series IV. Assorted posters. There are two subseries within the Recruitment series that highlight items related to the recruitment of women for various wartime jobs and recruitment posters for the United States Army Air Forces. Series IV. contains assorted posters that fall outside the main themes of the collection but still provide documentation of World War II campaigns, such as fuel shortages and the manufacturing of fighter planes.


  • circa 1939-1945

Language of Materials

All materials are in English.

Physical Description

The reproduction posters in the collection appear to have suffered some water damage. Other posters have some creases and tears.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research and is accessible in the Dahlberg Research Center by appointment. For more information contact us

Conditions Governing Use

The Museum of Flight (TMOF) Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the archives and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from TMOF archives before any publication use. TMOF does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 11x17" oversize folder, 1 20x24" oversize folder, and 1 30x40" oversize folder)


The World War II-era Propaganda Posters is a collection of posters illustrating the United States Government propaganda campaign to persuade Americans to support the war effort. The posters were mass-produced from about 1939 to 1945.


Items have been sorted into themes that describe their subject matter. The posters were then arranged physically by size with duplicates grouped together.

Custodial History

The items in this collection were acquired through various sources.


This is an artificial collection, so additional material may be added in the future.

Existence and Location of Copies

Materials from this collection have been digitized and are available at The Museum of Flight Digital Collections.

Physical Description

The reproduction posters in the collection appear to have suffered some water damage. Other posters have some creases and tears.

Processing Information

This collection has been fully processed.
Guide to the World War II-era Propaganda Posters
Completed - Level 4
C. Dinges
Description rules
Language of description
Edition statement
1st edition

Repository Details

Part of the The Museum of Flight Archives Repository

9404 East Marginal Way South
Seattle Washington 98108-4097

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