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During the war many of the governments poster campaigns were aimed specifically at women and none more so than the drive to recruit women to work on the land. The WLA was founded during the 1st WW when the 1917 harvest failed and the country was left with just three weeks reserve of food, staring famine in the eye. With an acute shortage of farm workers due to conscription, Lady Trudie Denman was appointed to organise the WLA and by 1918 there were 23,000 Land Girls working on the country’s farms. They helped to avert disaster but in 1919 as the men returned from war the organisation was disbanded.
Propaganda isn’t meant to be funny, but some of the posters produced during the Second World War are comedy gold! Obviously we’re not making fun of war, just the posters.
The featured poster (click image above to enlarge) in this article shows two camp Sailors enjoying each others company with Hitler in the background saying “Unless we can divide those two fellows – we’re sunk!” After a couple of pints Hitler might need a crowbar to divide them! Read more
“Remember Pearl Habor, Purl Harder”… This poster (click image above to view) urges women to knit for victory! One of the more bizarre war time propaganda posters. How effective it was is unknown. I seem to remember is was a big bomb that knocked Japan out of the war and not a nice pair of mittens. Still, it’s pun-tastic propaganda. Read more
Obviously this is an American poster, because in England during the war no-one owned a car and you couldn’t get petrol even if you did. During WWII, Americans were regularly urged to conserve gasoline (and most other consumer goods) in support of the War Effort. Read more
Back in the year 2000, one of the owners of Barter Books, Stuart Manley, was going rifling through a box of books he had just bought at auction. Stuart recalled how “There were about 30 books in the first box I opened – most were pretty poor and ended up in the recycling. But as I got towards the bottom of the box, I noticed a big folded piece of paper. I pulled it out and found a lovely red poster, reading “Keep Calm and Carry On”. It had a really nice feeling about it. That evening, I took it home to Mary; she loved it too and thought we should have it framed and hung on the wall of our bookshop.”