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US poster depicting Uncle Sam and a list of military occupations

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.55

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    US poster depicting Uncle Sam and a list of military occupations


    Brief Narrative
    US poster depicting Uncle Sam and a list of military occupations below encouraging the public with the necessary skills to apply for these positions. The poster is part of the US propaganda posters distributed by the Office of War Information. The need to manage the war on the Home Front led to the establishment of the OWI in June 1942. This office controlled the design and distribution of war information to the American public in posters, photographs, radio shows, and films. They commissioned work from leading artists of the period. This poster uses the Uncle Sam image made famous by James Montgomery Flagg. As millions of men entered military service, the government and industry waged a concerted campaign to obtain as many applicants for jobs as possible. The number of working women rose by about 6.5 million from 1941 to 1945. By mid-1945 the United States had produced 80,000 landing craft, 100,000 tanks and armored cars, 300,000 airplanes, 15 million guns, and 41 billion rounds of ammunition.
    Artwork Title
    I Need Your Skill in a War Job!
    publication/distribution:  1943
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
    front, top, blue and red ink : I need your skill / in a WAR JOB!
    front, top, below image, blue ink : JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG
    front, bottom, grey field top, white ink : If you know one of these trades and are not / now in real war work, you are badly needed
    front, bottom, grey field left column, black ink : Airplane Skin Man / Airplane Subassembler / Ammunition Inspector / Assembler, Ship / Bench Hand, Metal Work / Bus Driver / Carpenter, Ship / Cord Wood Cutter / Crane Rigger / Cylindrical Grinder Operator / Driller, Ship / Electrician, Ship
    front, bottom, grey field right column, black ink : Flanging Press Operator / Internal Precision Grinder / Machinist, Outside / Metal Chipper / Milling Machine Operator / Milling Machine Operator, All-Round / Mixer Operator, Explosives / Radio Chassis Assembler / Painter, Ship, Rough or Finish / Plate Hanger / Screw Machine Operator / Tack Welder
    front, bottom, grey field bottom, white ink : See your nearest U.S. EMPLOYMENT SERVICE
    front, bottom, black ink : OWI Poster No. 25. 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–502683
    Artist: James M. Flagg
    Printer: United States Government Printing Office
    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 black and white graphic image on top depicting Uncle Sam wearing a hat with 3 large stars on a dark band, a dark jacket, and a large bowtie pointing his right index finger at the viewer. His eyebrows are furrowed and his bottom lip is curled up on the right. On the bottom half of the poster is a gray rectangle enclosing text listing military occupations. The artist’s name is below the image.
    overall: Height: 27.875 inches (70.803 cm) | Width: 22.000 inches (55.88 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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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 18:11:43
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