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Poster - On Account-a Hitler

On Account-a Hitler

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    American Meat Institute (publishers)

  • 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.39-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR1

The American government introduced meat rationing in 1943. This poster promotes self sacrifice as a patriotic duty and urges people not to evade the restrictions. Rhyming text and a caricature of Hitler give the message a light-hearted tone, cajoling the viewer rather than accusing.

Physical description

Cuts of meat in white butcher paper on green ground in the upper fourth of the composition. The dark green background references the colour of chalkboards commonly found in American schools as well as shops advertising their weekly or daily specials. The text "On Account-a Hitler/ Our Meat is littler" is printed to suggest handwriting on a chalk board. A caricature of Adolf Hitler is found three-fourths down the poster sheet, with the lower fourth bearing green text on yellow ground.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

ca. 1943 (made)

Artist/maker

American Meat Institute (publishers)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

On Account-a Hitler/ Our Meat is littler
printed in yellow on green across two lines

You're only helping those Axis Scamps/ When you don't play fair with little red stamps
printed in green on yellow on two lines across lower margin

Dimensions

Height: 71 cm, Width: 56 cm

Descriptive line

Second World War poster issued by the American Meat Institute, USA ca. 1943

Materials

Ink; Paper

Techniques

Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

War; Rationing; Caricature; Meat; Stamps; Propaganda

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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