The Campaign
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The War Effort
Military Might
Air Power
Producing For Victory
What We're Fighting For
Reaching Many Audiences
Designing the Covers
After July 1942
Behind the Designs
The Flag In World War II
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Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center
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July 1942: United We Stand
Producing for Victory
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Before entering World War II, the United States had stepped up production of military equipment in the interest of national defense. President Franklin D. Roosevelt urged Americans to be “the great arsenal of democracy.” After the attack on Pearl Harbor, industries mobilized on a massive scale to produce guns, ships, planes, and other matériel.

While bringing about economic recovery, war production also entailed shortages and restrictions on consumer goods. Many businesses used the July 1942 magazine covers to highlight the contributions and sacrifices they were making to support the war.

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The Covers
The Du Pont Magazine
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12 magazine covers depict “Producing for Victory”
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