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US Don’t Travel poster depicting civilians and soldiers on a crowded train

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.31

Poster from the Don’t Travel series depicting civilians and soldiers travelling on a crowded railcar produced by the Office of Defense Transportation. This office was involved in improving transportation performance and supporting war rationing efforts. Travel was organized into three categories: necessary for military travel and emergencies; permissible for vacation and shopping; and nonessential for social visits and excursions. By late in the war, more than 300,000 railroad workers were in the armed forces and there was a shortage of manpower for the railroads. The ODT stopped the operation of special event trains and limited of extra trains on heavily traveled routes.

Artwork Title
Is Your Trip Necessary? Needless Travel interferes with the War Effort
Series Title
OWI poster, no. 74
Don't Travel
Date
1943  (publication/distribution)
Geography
publication : Washington (D.C.)
Language
English
Classification
Posters
Category
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
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Record last modified: 2018-10-24 14:04:08
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