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

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.31

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


    Brief Narrative
    Poster from the Don’t Travel series depicting civilians and soldiers traveling 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
    publication/distribution:  1943
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
    front, top, white : IS YOUR / TRIP NECESSARY?
    front, bottom, white : NEEDLESS TRAVEL / interferes with the War Effort
    front, bottom, black ink : OFFICE OF DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION
    front, bottom left corner, black ink : OWI POSTER No. 74. Additional copies may be obtained upon request from the Division of Public Inquiries, Office of War Information, Washington, D.C.
    front, bottom right corner, black ink : ✩ U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1943-O-533555
    Printer: United States Government Printing Office
    Distributor: United States Office of Defense Transportation
    Distributor: United States Office of War Information
    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

    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Poster with a duotone photographic image of civilian men, women, and children, and some soldiers crowded into a railroad car. There are 2 lines of text across the top and within a red panel across the bottom.
    overall: Height: 28.000 inches (71.12 cm) | Width: 20.125 inches (51.118 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
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    Administrative Notes

    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.
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    2022-07-28 18:11:42
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