Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bedknobs and Broomsticks


When I think of propaganda posters, I think of this one, which was what I was looking for when I stumbled onto a treasure trove of war-time art. I like the following two for different reasons. Loose Lips for it's austere color palate and rhyme scheme. Somebody Talked for it's moody colors and supremely creepy message.


And a personal favorite, for the lady with espionage on her mind:
Some of them are actually still relevant. For example, this one, if posted, would help us remember to carpool and decrease our dependence on foreign oil:

Or this one, for getting rid of those unwanted war-related pounds:

And then there's just the generally useful:

There's some patriotism in all of us, and seeing a poster of Uncle Sam telling you, in no uncertain terms, to shut your yapper, just really brings it out.

4 comments:

  1. I always taught a unit on war-time propaganda, and I also totally LOVE the posters that you showed.

    And someday, I will have a framed copy of "Stay Calm" on my wall!

    Great post!!!

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  2. these are excellent and creepy and awesome and interesting. well played.

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  3. my word, what delights you have found. Personal favorite, giving Hitler a ride to work. Its a gem.

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  4. janelle has an original 'keep calm and carry on' poster, we keep it in the bathroom of course.

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