When America was threatened by war, we used every means possible to encourage support of the war effort by all Americans. During World War II, Hollywood made patriotic movies and newsreels, victory gardens were planted, war bonds were issued and men and women were recruited to join the military. Housewives and mothers were coaxed into factories to take the place of men who were serving and even children were asked to do their part.
Posters were designed, some by famous artists like Norman Rockwell and N. C. Wyeth, to keep the public thinking about the need to stay involved in winning the war. Newspapers and radio were the main source of information in those day so colorful posters proved to be a very good visual tool. These posters were placed in factories, offices, government buildings, train stations and even schools.
The Delphos Canal Museum has a great display of these posters thanks to our many generous donors. One poster offers gifts to children who sell War Savings Stamps while getting food to our troops and allies was promoted in an “eat less meat and wheat” themed poster.
The Canal Museum is currently resetting displays as we expand to the second floor of our buildings. Please excuse our mess as we improve and update our collections.
The Canal Museum is open on Thursdays from 9-12 and on Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3. Take another look.
Printed in the Delphos Herald May 28, 2011 by the Delphos Canal Commission.