World War Two Posters Revealed
By Rebecca Drew
A STUNNING collection of historic propaganda posters used to recruit men to fight in World War Two have been unveiled in a new book.
The series includes posters featuring British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill urging people to go forward together and encouraging posters depicting the British and Canadian allies going into battle.
Other propaganda printed by the United States to inspire new recruits show marines, the air force and the army.
The posters have been unveiled in the new book called, World War II Postersby poster dealer David Pollack, published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd.
“The posters of World War Two are often dismissed as lacklustre stepsisters of World War One posters,” said David in the book’s introduction.
“This is an unfortunate and unfair assumption, as the posters of World War Two include numerous powerful graphics and moving illustrations created by prominent artists and designers alike.
“The fundamental need to market war was never more significant than in the global conflict of World War Two.
“The total number of World War Two posters created was enormous. Posters were printed by the Allied countries including the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and others.
“Posters were also printed by the Axis nations, primarily Germany, Japan and Italy.
“Thousands of posters were privately printed by societies, relief organisations and corporations interested in providing support to the war.”
The book includes posters printed by the United States, the Allies and the Axis to support the war effort. It shows propaganda that covered the topics of recruiting, conservation, fundraising and morale. It looks at how all parties’ main themes overlap.
“A great collection can be built with limited resources or by spending a vast amount but the resulting enjoyment should not be based on money spent,” added David.
Published by Schiffer Publishing Ltd, World War Two Posters by David Pollack is now available to buy from Amazon for £43.50.
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