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'Remember Dec. 7th!' Poster
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

"Remember Dec. 7th!" Poster

Date: 1942
Catalog #: 1979.0600.01    Accession #: 1979.06
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History


Allen Saalburg (Artist)

Allen Saalburg was born June 25, 1899 in Rochelle, Illinois. His father was a newspaper cartoonist and printer. Saalburg studied painting at Pratt Institute, and with William Sloan at the Art Students League. His image of the tattered flag, designed for the U.S. Office of War Information, was one of the first posters that agency produced in the aftermath of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 40" H x 28" W

Physical Description

Four color print on paper.

Specific History

The Armed Forces History collections have been collecting recruiting posters for more than 50 years. Recruiting as an activity of the military is important to the understanding of who serves in uniform, during both war time and peace time and the visual materials used to market military service. The collection contains examples of early Civil War broadsides, World War I posters, including the original artwork for Uncle Sam as drawn by Montgomery Flagg; and World War II posters, which show the recruiting of men and women for all services, and auxiliary organizations. The collection contains primarily Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, and World War II recruiting posters for the Army, Navy and some Marine. More modern day recruiting materials are also contained in the collections, and cover a broad range of Army recruiting slogans.

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.


Country: United States
War: World War II
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