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US travel restriction poster with a woman in front of a service flag

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.15

US war rationing poster depicting a woman in front of a service flag imploring people to observe travel restrictions so her son can get back home. It was produced by the Office of Defense Transportation which was created to improve transportation performance and support war rationing efforts. Because of the need for huge amounts of food and products by the military and our allies, the US rationed materials, such as gasoline and rubber. By May 1942, gas was rationed in 17 states and nationwide by December. Travel was organized into three categories: necessary for military travel and emergencies; permissible for vacation and shopping; and nonessential for social visits and excursions. Gas ration stamps were issued based on the type of travel. The speed limit was reduced to 35 miles per hour to conserve rubber tires. People also were urged to reduce travel to keep roads and railways clear for the movement of troops and material.

Artwork Title
Won’t You Give my Boy a Chance to get Home?
Series Title
Don't Travel
publication/distribution:  1944
publication: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 09:13:11
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