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Poster - Are you a girl with a Star-Spangled heart?
  • Are you a girl with a Star-Spangled heart?
    Crandell, Bradshaw, born 1896 - died 1966
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Are you a girl with a Star-Spangled heart?

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Crandell, Bradshaw, born 1896 - died 1966 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour lithograph

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the American Friends of the V&A; Gift to the American Friends by Leslie, Judith and Gabri Schreyer and Alice Schreyer Batko

  • Museum number:

    E.56-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR2

Bradshaw Crandell was well known for his cover-girl illustrations for 'Cosmopolitan' magazine. Here he lends the same glamorous appeal to the Women's Army Corps. Posters such as this sought to reassure society that women would not lose their femininity by putting on a uniform. They maintained a stylistic continuity with familiar commercial images of women. This reinforced the government's stance that wartime occupations were temporary and would not fundamentally change women's traditional roles.

Physical description

Full colour bust portrait of a glamourous brunette in khaki-coloured military uniform. American flag waving in the background. Red, white, and blue are predominant colours.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1943 (made)

Artist/maker

Crandell, Bradshaw, born 1896 - died 1966 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

Are you a girl with a/ Star-Spangled heart?
printed across two lines in blue, upper margins of poster

JOIN THE WAC NOW!/ Women's Army Corps/ United States Army
printed in white on red

Thousands of army jobs need filling!
printed in blue on white, lower left corner

Dimensions

Height: 96.5 cm, Width: 64 cm

Descriptive line

'Are you a girl with a Star-Spangled heart?' World War II poster recruiting for the Women's Army Corps, issued by the Recruiting Publicity Bureau, United States Army, 1943

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Gendered space; Army; Recruitment; Uniform; Woman; Flag; War; Propaganda

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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