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

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.15

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

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    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
    Date
    publication/distribution:  1944
    Geography
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
    Markings
    front, top, white : "Won’t you give my boy / a chance to get home?"
    front, bottom, red and black ink : DON’T TRAVEL - unless / your trip helps win the war
    front, left, red ink : JEROME ROZEN
    front, bottom left corner, black ink : ✩ U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1944 - O - 606790
    front, bottom right corner, black ink : U.S. OFFICE OF DEFENSE TRANSPORATION
    back, right, black ink : A WORD ABOUT THIS NEW / GOVERNMENT POSTER
    back, right, black ink : Railroads are war roads. Half of all Pullman cars in the United States and one-third of all coaches are in constant military service. Approximately one million and a half men are transported every month by rail in organized troop movements. In addition, the railroads handle an equal volume of furlough travel. It is in the interest of the men in the armed / services that the United States Office of Defense Transportation has issued this poster. Its simple but appealing message is directed at those civilian travelers whose trips not only fail to help the war effort, but actually keep service men and women on furlough from reaching their homes on time and in some degree of comfort. THE PROMINENT DISPLAY OF THIS POSTER WILL BE APPRECIATED
    back, left, black ink : OFFICE OF DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION / Washington 25, D.C. / OFFICIAL BUSINESS
    back, left, black ink : PENALTY FOR PRVIATE USE / TO AVOID PAYMENT OF POSTAGE / $300
    Contributor
    Artist: Jerome Rozen
    Printer: United States Government Printing Office
    Distributor: United States Office of Defense Transportation
    Distributor: United States Office of War Information
    Biography
    The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was created on June 13, 1942, to centralize and control the content and production of government information and propaganda about the war. It coordinated the release of war news for domestic use, and using posters along with radio broadcasts, worked to promote patriotism, warn about foreign spies, and recruit women into war work. The office also established an overseas branch, which launched a large-scale information and propaganda campaign abroad. The government appealed to the public through popular culture and more than a quarter of a billion dollars' worth of advertising was donated during the first three years of the National Defense Savings Program. Victory in Europe was declared on May 8, 1945, and in Japan on September 2, 1945. The OWI ceased operation in September.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Posters
    Category
    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Offset color lithograph poster with an image of a middle aged woman, head and shoulders only, with a service lapel pin and posed in front of a red and white service flag with a blue star. There is text across the top and bottom. There is postal information printed on the back and 2 lengthy paragraphs warning the public about unnecessary travel.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 26.875 inches (68.263 cm) | Width: 20.000 inches (50.8 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The poster was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1988 by David and Zelda Silberman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:29:29
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