Vintage war posters and ads

Since I ran out of time to put a proper post together, here’s some of my virtual collection of vintage war posters and ads. Most of them are from WWII.

I’m not so sure 90% of all athletes in any discipline would do that today, at least not in North America. So many people have no conception of what it’s like to have a  war on one’s own soil, or very close by.

Homefront services and sacrifices also seem a distant concept to many people who’ve lived their entire lives with the luxury of never having a war on their soil or in a nearby country.

Because we all want pilots high on drugs!

Usually these anti-VD ads tell men to stay away from a certain kind of woman! I also love how my iPhoto is asking me if two of these guys are Tsar Aleksandr III and Jack Dempsey.

Is that Lucille Ball on the top right?

I wonder if there were any ads telling vegetarians they were unpatriotic for not having these surplus fats to give to the war effort. We were a small minority in the West in this era, but we did exist.

How many 50-year-olds or even men over 35 responded to this ad? From what I’ve seen, the vast majority of guys who enlisted were much younger, and older guys who were legally obligated to register for the draft were rarely called.

Things that come across so much differently in the 21st century! Though this ad seemed to have its heart in the right place. If only they’d slightly reworded it, like “I’m Indian, but my heart is Canadian.”

Very interesting juxtaposition of ads!

Author: Carrie-Anne

Writer of historical fiction sagas and series, with elements of women's fiction, romance, and Bildungsroman. Born in the wrong generation on several fronts.

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