Friday, June 30, 2017

WWII Propaganda

There is a fabulous exhibit at the Pacific War Museum, Fredericksburg, TX--besides being a great museum with factual happenings during the Pacific War, they host periodical exhibits pertaining to WWII.  The last exhibit I attended was clothing from 1940's, wrote about this in previous blog.

I found this exhibit to be eye opening!  Did you think that our country would
do propaganda across this country as well as foreign countries?  Well, 
they did!  This exhibit focused on the artist who participated in
designing for the WWII.  Some of the writers and artists I knew about,
but not all.  Here was Jack Campbell--

Who wrote books on Torio Kid--against Japanese citizens--
propaganda is used to influence people psychologically in order to alter social perceptions.

His comics were Terry and The Pirates
During the war, Caniff began a second strip, a special version of Terry and the Pirates without Terry but featuring the blonde bombshell, Burma. Caniff donated all of his work on this strip to the armed forces—the strip was available only in military newspapers. 

Did you ever read Terry and the Pirates in the comic section of
the newspaper?

Everyone knows Walt Disney
Disney also produced several propaganda productions, including shorts such as Der Fuehrer's Face‍—‌which won an Academy Award‍—‌and the 1943 feature film Victory Through Air Power.[92]

Mickey Mouse was the first cartoon to make Walt famous

He had other comic books that were used for propaganda--
selling bonds

being patriotic with his cartoon characters

And a musical

At first, Manning's work appeared in several forms in the paper. Although he was interested in drawing comic strips, the popularity of his editorial work led him to focus on editorial cartoons.[2] His work was syndicated in as many as 170 newspapers

His editorial cartoons were some of the best during WWII

He produced "Little Itchy Itchy"

 Polish-Jewish artist who worked primarily as a book illustrator and political artist throughout his decades-long career. 

His illustration were superb!

And the best part for me was seeing some of the propaganda
ashtrays--an excellent exhibit!! 

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