World War II Posters: Buy bonds, Importance of the Merchant Marine, Rules at Sea

Power for victory! poster Merchant seamen deliver what it takes to blast the Axis! poster
Power for victory! merchant seamen man the lifelines!
United Seamen's Service
USS shares in the : National War Fund
Dimensions: 22 x 14 inches
Merchant seamen deliver
What it takes to blast the Axis!
United Seamen's Service
Artist: Lon Keller
Dimensions: 30 x 20 inches
National Archives: 44-1A-1351
[Also printed in red and blue]

Smoking stacks attract attacks: Don't invite disaster poster Production or destruction poster

Smoking stacks attract attacks: Don't invite disaster
Artist: Phil von Phul
Washington : WPA Art Project, [1940 or 1941]
Poster for Thirteenth Naval District, United States Navy
Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress) LC-USZC4-5065.

Production or destruction
2nd place winner in A. O. Smith Corporation contest
Artist: Hugh M. Stoffregen, 1942
Contributor A. O. Smith Corporation
Dimensions: 40 x 30 inches

No enemy sub will dare lift its ey poster Disaster: Broadcast receivers can help the enemy sink you poster

No enemy sub will dare lift its eye if you lend your Zeiss or Bausch & Lomb binoculars to the Navy : pack carefully, include your name and address : send to Naval Observatory Washington D.C. [between 1941 and 1943].
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction Number: LC-USZC2-5161.
Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

Disaster: Broadcast receivers can help the enemy sink you Don't use them!
Artist: Edward T. Grigware, (1941-1943)
Poster for Thirteenth Naval District, United States Navy, showing Japanese and German submarines and planes targeting a ship on the horizon.
Work Projects Administration Poster Collection (Library of Congress).

 

the toughest job is still ahead! poster King, Ingersoll Nimitz When in doubt -- lights out! poster
"The most crucial test... still before us"... "the battle of the Atlantic is still a 'round the clock fight"... "let's not talk victory while there's a single Jap ship afloat and fighting"... the toughest job is still ahead!
Dimensions: 40 x 28.5 inches
United States. Navy. Industrial Incentive Division, 1943
U. S. Government Printing Office : 1943--O-555063
[Portraits of Admiral Ernest J. King, Admiral Royal E. Ingersoll, and Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, with quotes from each]
When in doubt -- lights out!
Artist: Seymour R. Goff
Dimensions 14 x 10 inches
"This poster is published by the House of Seagram as part of its contribution to the national victory effort"
Published New York : Seagram-Distillers Corp.


Every Man in this allied Command - General Eisenhower poster Know your merchant fleet poster

"Every Man in this allied Command" - General Eisenhower
Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. Bureau of Special Services. (03/09/1943 - 08/31/1945)
Record Group 44: Records of the Office of Government Reports, 1932 - 1947

Know your merchant fleet
Artist: Elmo White, 1944
Washington, D.C. : U.S. G.P.O.,
Dimensions: 26 x 19 inches
National Archives: 287-P-MC-1.25: M53
United States Maritime Commission


Many thousands of patriotic men and women are toiling The Sea lanes of the Pacific Nimitz poster
"Many thousands of patriotic men and women are toiling" President Roosevelt. 1945
Maritime Commission, "From President's Proclamation, National Maritime Day, May 22, 1945.": [Washington, D.C.] U.S. G.P.O.,
Dimensions: 26 x 19 inches

"The Sea lanes of the Pacific extended westward more than 4,000 miles in the last year, are crowded" Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. 1944
Dimensions: 28 x 20 inches
[Washington, D.C.] : U. S. Government Printing Office
National Archives: 287-P-MC-1.25: Se-1(3)
United States. Maritime Commission

 

poster We must be the great arsenal of democracy Poster Don't Let Them Down

"We must be the great arsenal of democracy"
"From america, they will get ships....
Franklin D. Roosevelt
No other information.

Don't Let Them Down
Captain Mac
No other information.

 

poster Our Troops Count on You, Soldiers of Supply!
U.S.A. in Action
Official Pictures from World Battlefronts
Our Troops Count on You, Soldiers of Supply!
U.S. Army Official Poster
Identical poster also printed in pink color. No other information.

 

poster " It All Depends on Me

U.S.A. in Action
" It All Depends on Me"
No other information.

 

poster Flags of Maritime Nations

Flags of Maritime Nations
No other information.

 

Poster Metal makes Might

Metal makes Might! Keep it Coming!
U.S. Army Official Poster
No other information.


Poster a menace We Must Beat! Poster Scrap Makes Guns, Tanks, Ships
A menace We Must Beat!
We Need Your Metal to Help Fight the U-Boat!
No other information.
Scrap Makes Guns, Tanks, Ships
Put it here
Sun Oil Labor-Management War Production Committee
No other information.

WW2 Poster On the Offensive WW2 Poster Torpedoed yesterday... but we're ready for sea again

On the Offensive
The war materials you produce, the war bonds you buy, the gasoline, oil and rubber you do without, your work and your sacrifices -- all of these are now smashing at the enemy in Africa. Upon the qunatity and auality of what you give then now dend the lives of America's fighting men!
DO MORE for Victory in 1943!
No other information

Torpedoed yesterday... but we're ready for sea again tomorrow. You make 'em we'll take'em, anywhere on the face of the earth."
This is OUR War!
No other information
[The hat insignia on the man on the right appears to be Danish merchant seaman's. Many Danish ships and their crews came to the U.S. after Denmark fell. The ships were taken over by the U.S. Maritime Commission and flew the Panamanian flag. Appeal to Danish seaman to stay aboard.]

 

WW2 Poster This war is proving that our American Way WW2 Poster Stop this! Stop it now
This war is proving that our American Way can out-produce, out-fight and out-last any other system in the world.
No other information
"Stop this! Stop it now, with more ships -- more planes -- more guns. Saving their lives is our job!"
Produce for Victory!
No other information

 

Poster Maritime Day WW2 poster Lubbers Don't Live
for Trade
Travel
and Defense
American Merchant Marine
National Maritime Day May 22
No other information
Lubbers* Don't Live
Oh learn a lesson from Joe Gotch
Without a lifebelt he stood watch
"Abandon ship" came over the phones
He now resides with Davey Jones
U.S. Navy, Bureau of Personnel Training
No other information

WW2 poster Lubbers Don't Live WW2 poster Lubbers Don't Live
Lubbers* Don't Live
Oh pause in memory pf "Mac" White
In darkened ship his fag was bright
A passing sub - most impolite
Soon saw the light
(Now so has white!)
U.S. Navy, Bureau of Personnel Training
No other information
[A Cigarette Sinks a Ship! Press Release June 1942]
Lubbers* Don't Live
This little ship closed its hatches and doors ...
This little ship forgot,
The water-tight ship outfought a sub --
The other, alas, did not!
U.S. Navy, Bureau of Personnel Training
No other information

*A lubber is defined as an awkward, stupid person, or an inexperienced sailor

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