The Kansas Humanities Council sponsored a special Kansas tour of the
    Smithsonian exhibition, Produce for Victory: Posters on the American Home
    Front, 1941-1945.

    Colorful posters — a visual call-to-arms — helped to mobilize Americans to
    “Produce for Victory” during World War II. The exhibition examined how posters
    circulated by the government and private organizations used patriotism to urge
    factory workers to increase industrial production. Addressing every citizen as a
    combatant in a war of production, wartime posters united the power of art with
    the power of advertising to sell the idea that the factory and the home were also
    arenas for war.

    Poster campaigns aimed not only to increase productivity in factories, but also to
    enlarge people’s views of their responsibilities in a time of total war. Family and
    home, the cornerstones of democracy, were depicted as being directly threatened
    by the armies of the Axis powers. Many of the posters proposed an idealized
    post-war America, where everyone would own a home, buy goods, and raise
    families in safe, secure neighborhoods—an image that is still potent today.
Paola, KS - July 2 through August 13, 2004
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