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'United We Are Strong...' Poster
Political History, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History

"United We Are Strong..." Poster

Date: 1943
Catalog #: 1984.0473.080    Accession #: 1984.0473
Credit: Political History, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History

Maker

Henry Koerner (Artist)

Henry Koerner immigrated to the United States in 1938 from Vienna. He was a refugee from Hitler's persecution of the Jews. In 1946 he returned to Vienna as an American soldier. Upon that return, he learned that his family had been deported and killed.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 40" H x 28.5" W

Physical Description

Four color print on paper.

General History

Posters during World War II were designed to instill in the people a positive outlook, a sense of patriotism and confidence. They linked the war in trenches with the war at home. From a practical point, they were used to encourage all Americans to help with the war effort. The posters called upon every man, woman, and child to endure the personal sacrifice and domestic adjustments to further the national agenda. They encouraged rationing, conservation and sacrifice. In addition, the posters were used for recruitment, productivity, and motivation as well as for financing the war effort. The stark, colorful graphic designs elicited strong emotions. The posters played to the fears, frustrations, and faith in freedoms that lingered in people's minds during the war.


Keywords

Country: United States
War: World War II
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