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Poster - Food is a Weapon
  • Food is a Weapon
    US Office of War Information - Domestic Operations Branch
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Food is a Weapon

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    US Office of War Information - Domestic Operations Branch (publisher)

  • 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:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR7

This poster takes a very direct, instructional approach. It combines a command with a very literal illustration of the message. The one concession to symbolism is the wish-bone which appears to make a V for victory sign.

Physical description

The poster shows an image of a empty glass and a china plate with nothing remaing but chicken bones, a knife and fork. A white serviette is crumpled to the left of the plate, suggesting that a meal has been finished. The background is printed in various shades of yellow and green.

Place of Origin

United States (made)


1943 (made)


US Office of War Information - Domestic Operations Branch (publisher)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

printed in white on green, across the upper margin

DON'T WASTE IT!/ Buy Wisely - Cook Carefully - Eat It All
printed in white on green, across two lines on the lowe third of the poster

Follow the National Wartime Nutrition Program
printed in yellow on green

Descriptive line

Second World War poster issued by the US Office of War Information


Ink; Paper


Colour lithography

Subjects depicted

Bones; War; Knife; Plate; Glass; Rationing; Fork; Propaganda


Prints; Propaganda; Posters


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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