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Gallery: Detroit Historical Society WWII Propaganda Posters Traveling Exhibit

November 6 at 9:00 am to December 8 at 7:00 pm

Gallery hours: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Gallery closed: Nov. 22 to 24

Stop by the SC4 Fine Arts Building galleries to view WWII Propaganda Posters, a Detroit Historical Society Traveling Exhibit.

Before television, visual advertising was dominated by talented illustrators. During World War II, the U.S. Government leveraged these artists’ talents to create posters that delivered important messages in a single glance.

Viewed both as art and as historical artifacts; these posters had a very real job during the war. They encouraged and informed the average American on how he or she could help win the war. Posters promoted the purchasing of war bonds, growing and canning food, and taking jobs to aid in wartime production. The posters in this exhibition were chosen for their diverse themes and messages, as well as their graphic appeal. They reflect the themes of recruitment, patriotism, conservation and security.  Everyone could do their part to win the war, and these posters illustrated how.