War Posters: Design and Propaganda

San Jose State University’s Charles B. Burdick (1927-1998) War Poster Collection contains over 1400 posters created by the United States and other nations to promote the message of war as good versus evil.A broad range of topics are represented in the collection, including war bonds, civilian employment, women’s service in the military, food rationing, and fire prevention. The collection also includes posters documenting political subject matter from the 1930s-1970s. About 50 of the most iconic posters are available online in the SJSU digital collection.

Burdick was a San Jose resident, WWII soldier, scholar and ultimately SJSU’s history department chair.

Here is an example of one iconic image:



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