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Posters at Home and War

Image of Uncle Sam poster that states "I Want You for U.S. Army Nearest Recruiting Station". And an image of a poster with a woman wearing overalls holding and airplane and a bullet with a V in the background that states "For Every Fighter a Woman Worker, Care For Here through the YWCA, United War Work Campaign".

A temporary exhibit featuring posters from WWI, WWII, and the Cold War will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Nov. 22, 2019 through May 2020.

Image of poster that states "Kee us flying! Buy War Bonds". And a poster that states "O'er the Ramparts we watch, United States Army air Forces".

A temporary exhibit featuring posters from WWI, WWII, and the Cold War will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Nov. 22, 2019 through May 2020.

Image of poster that states "We Weren't Around in 1776 But We're Here NOW! USAF 1976

A temporary exhibit featuring posters from WWI, WWII, and the Cold War will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Nov. 22, 2019 through May 2020.

During World War I, World War II, and the Cold War, government and commercial agencies leveraged posters as a way to mobilize America for war.  Their messages were straightforward and simple, reinforced by colorful and powerful imagery.  These posters related to people of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging their support on the home front.  War bond drives were heavily advertised, and recruitment posters enticed future service members. 

The National Museum of the USAF preserves and stores over 500 posters.  Beginning on November 22, over sixty examples will be on exhibit in the Art Gallery.  The exhibit will run through May 2020.

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