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This is our war...join the WAAC

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • 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.974-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 3G, shelf DR21

However glamorous this type of propaganda might appear, it did not let women forget that this was their war, and they had a duty to perform. This poster equates the work undertaken in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) with those engaged in frontline battle, juxtaposing a young WAAC recruit with the service's symbol, Pallas Athene, goddess of victory, wisdom, feminine virtue and the arts of war.

Physical description

Photographic image of WAAC head and shoulders, with a female warrior in battle headdress below.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1943 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'This is our war.../ Join the WAAC'

'Women's Army Auxiliary Corps/ United States Army'

'P-54-RBP-1-30-43--55M/ [shield] NOVA EMANENT/ RECRUITING PUBLICITY BUREAU/ UNITED STATES ARMY'

Descriptive line

"This is our war...join the WAAC", Second World War women's recruitment poster. USA, 1943.

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Gender issues; Gender: gendered space; Propaganda; War; Military; Politics; Women; Recruiting

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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