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Government office abbreviations used:
OWI: Office of War Information.
DIOEM: Division of Information Office for Emergency Management
WPB: War Production Board.
John Atherton. "Buy a Share in America. United States Defense Bonds." 1941. 13 x 9 1/4. Backed with linen. [Hand shake of Uncle Sam and citizen with image of a factory in background] $175
Anton Otto Fischer. (1882-1962).
Howard Scott. "Closed for the Duration. Loose Talk Can Cost Lives." 1942. 19 3/4 x 14. Backed with linen. Distributed by British and American Ambulance Corp., New York. [Two pieces of tape in form of an "X" over a man's mouth] $125
Amos Sewell. For a Secure Future. Buy War Bonds. US Treasury: 1945. 27 x 19. [Farmer holding bonds in one hand and farm and family in other]. $275
Shepard. The Spirit of Freedom. No date. 10 1/4 x 10. Creases lower right corner. Faint water stain in sky. [pilgrim settlement with a face of pilgrim woman in sky]. $75
Lyman Simpson. For Liberty and Peace on Earth. Give War Bonds. 1944. 24 x 19. [Image of Liberty Bell with paper Christmas bells, war bond and holly]. $200
Robert Sloan. (b. 1915).
Jon Whitcomb. Be a cadet nurse: the girl with a future. 1944. 28 x 20. Repaired tears along folds. [Graphic image of two attractive cadet nurses, one in military dress uniform.] $225
Artist and publisher unknown. Most likely published in-house by Philco between 1941-1945. 22 x 17 on poster board as issued. Silk screen with some color and tape overlay. Some with spotting and staining as to be expected. Otherwise, very good condition.
Philco Philadelphia Storage Battery Company was a pioneer in early battery, radio and television production. The company began in 1906 making batteries for electric vehicles and ventured into the radio business for home and automobiles. After the war Ford bought the company to make car radios and many other products. During World War II Philco manufactured radios and munitions for the military and helped develop radar and the proximity fuse for artillery shells. These posters were probably posted in the factories to foster morale and to remind and to stress to employees the importance of maintaining the quality of their products. Throughout the history of printing, broadsides and posters supporting a country's military aims have been made and displayed whenever war broke out. World War II was no exception, and the many bright images printed in the United States in the 1940s illustrate the importance of these psychological icons. These dramatic posters, issued by Philco, are excellent examples of the genre.
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