Victory Begins at Home - World War II Posters

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Warning! Our Homes Are in Danger Now!

World War II Home Front Poster - 1942
Our Job - Keep 'Em Firing Warning! Our Homes Are in Danger Now!. Modifications ©2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

Promoting Home Front Contributions by Women to Victory Abroad

In World War II, posters promoted the idea that victory begins at home, with sacrifices, effort, and preserving certain goods for the war. This effort was usually directed at women, and these sacrifices and efforts were a key way that women -- who were not recruited into the military in as large numbers as men -- could contribute to the war effort. Here are some of the posters of World War II promoting the home front effort to support victory abroad.

A World War II poster warning of Nazi and Japanese enemies - promoting the work and sacrifice of those on the home front. 1942. General Motors Corp.

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Make Yours a Victory Home!

World War II Home Front Poster - 1943
Help Bring Them Back to You Make Yours a Victory Home!. Modifications ©2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

World War II poster detailing how those at home -- especially women -- could work for victory overseas by efforts at home. 1943. Poster artist: Francis Criss.

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I'll Carry Mine Too!

World War II Home Front Poster - 1943
Trucks and Tires Must Last Till Victory I'll Carry Mine, Too!. Modifications ©2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

World War II poster showing a way that women can help win the war by carrying their groceries and packages. 1943. Artist: Valentino Sarra.

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Plant a Victory Garden

World War II Home Front Poster - 1943
Our Food Is Fighting: A Garden Will Make Your Rations Go Further Plant a Victory Garden. Modifications ©2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

A World War II poster promoting the planting of victory gardens, featuring man, woman, and child. 1943.

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We'll Have Lots to Eat This Winter, Won't We Mother?

World War II home front poster - 1943
Grow Your Own - Can Your Own "We'll have lots to eat this winter, won't we Mother?" Grow your own - Can your own. Modifications ©2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

World War II poster promoting home gardens and home canning to save money and to free food production for the military. 1943. Artist: Al Parker.

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They Need Food - Plant More Beans

World War II Home Front Poster - 1944
Help Feed Those Freed from Axis Rule They Need Food - Plant More Beans. Modifications ©2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

World War II poster promoting home gardens so that food can be sent to refugees freed from Axis regions. 1944.

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Sew for Victory

World War II Home Front Poster - 1941-43
World War II Posters Sew for Victory. Modifications ©2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

World War II poster encouraging women to sew to help with the war effort. Postchal, 1941-1943.

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Use It Up - Wear It Out - Make It Do!

World War II Home Front Poster - Make It Do
Our Labor and Our Goods are Fighting Use It Up - Wear It Out - Make It Do!. Modifications ©2006 Jone Johnson Lewis

World War II poster promoting home front efforts by women to help aid victory. Author unknown, 1943.

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Home Defense Day

Home Defense Day, Long Island Women, May 3, 1941.
Poster Advertising Home Defense Day, Long Island, 1941 Home Defense Day, Long Island Women, May 3, 1941. Created by the New York State W.P.A. Art Project, 1941. Image courtesy of Library of Congress. Modifications © Jone Lewis 2001.

This poster is in honor of Home Defense Day, Long Island (Nassau County), May 3, 1941.

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Rosie the Riveter

Rosie the Riveter Poster
World War II Poster - Woman Working in a Factory Rosie the Riveter Poster, produced by Westinghouse for the War Production, created by J. Howard Miller. Image courtesy of US National Archives. Modifications © Jone Lewis 2001.

Rosie the Riveter was the name given the iconic image representing women in the homefront war effort, World War II

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Victory Waits On YOUR Fingers

Poster recruiting civil service typists in World War II
Poster Recruiting Civil Service Stenographers - World War II Poster recruiting civil service typists in World War II, produced by Royal Typewriter Company for the U.S. Civil Service Commission. Image courtesy of US National Archives. Modifications © Jone Lewis 2001.

Women were recruited as typists supporting the military effort in World War II, because this would free (male) troops who would otherwise do that work.

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Get a War Job

Poster: Get a War Job
Longing Won't Bring Him Back Sooner Poster: Get a War Job. Printed by the Government Printing Office for the War Manpower Administration. Image courtesy of US National Archives. Modifications © Jone Lewis 2001.

Poster advocates war work when one is longing for a loved one who's overseas.

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Partners on the Homefront

World War II poster from the United States Information Service
Every Man Woman and Child Is a Partner World War II poster from the United States Information Service, Department of Public Inquiry, Bureau of Special Services, OWI. Image courtesy of US National Archives and Records Administration. Modifications © Jone Lewis 2001.

World War II poster urging men, women and children to contribute to the war effort.

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War Bonds

World War II homefront: women help with the war effort by selling and buying WWII war bonds.
Woman at Booth Selling War Bonds World War II homefront: women help with the war effort by selling and buying WWII war bonds. Image courtesy of Franklin D. Roosevelt Library. Modifications © Jone Lewis 2001.

Women and men are waiting to purchase war bonds.

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Nurse Recruitment: There Is a Place for Every Woman in This Nurse Crisis

Nurse Recruitment Poster, World War II
Recruiting Military and Homefront Nurses Nurse Recruitment Poster, World War II. Image courtesy of National Archives and Records Administration. Modifications © Jone Lewis 2001.

Poster recruiting nurses for military service and homefront duties, part of World War II effort to recruit women in support roles.

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