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You'll be happy too, and feel so proud serving as a WAVE in the Navy
1944 Original Poster
The WAVES were a World War II-era division of the U.S. Navy that consisted entirely of women. The name of this group is an acronym for "Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service" (as well as an allusion to ocean waves); the word "emergency" implied that the acceptance of women was due to the unusual circumstances of the war and that at the end of the war the women would not be allowed to continue in Navy careers.
Designed to instill patriotism, confidence, and a positive outlook, War Posters were used extensively during WWI & WWII to assist the military and persuade all Americans to help with the war effort. Using stark imagery to elicit powerful emotions, the posters appealed to people's conscience, fears and ideals of freedom and democracy.
The posters called upon every man, woman, and child to make personal sacrifices or adjustments to further the greater national cause. Used for the purposes of recruitment, boosting production, motivation, rationing, conservation, security and financing the War, the posters linked the home front with the military front.
An integral part of wartime communications, the coordination and production of War Posters required considerable resources. To assist, the government enlisted the help of the nation's foremost artists, intellectuals and advertising specialists of the time. Containing uniquely creative and beautiful artwork, War Posters are a wonderful reminder of our nation's history.
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