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WAAC - This is my war too!

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Smith, Dan V. (artist)
    Recruiting Publicity Bureau (issued by)
    United States Army (issued by)

  • 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.1417-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case 1B, box LS4

The Women 's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) was created in 1942 as a service distinct from the existing Women's Nursing Corps. WAACs were able to serve within the Chemical Warfare Service, the Quartermaster Corps, the Signal Corps, and, of course, the Army Medical Department, in addition to the usual positions open to women. Most female recruits saw their role within the military as non-combatant, undertaking auxiliary, support roles.

Physical description

Poster showing a glamorous WAAC recruit, in her uniform, standing before an undulating U.S. flag. Above the image, slightly obscured by the recruit's hat, printed in a grey typeface, 'W A A C', and below the image, white on grey, ''This is my war too! Women's Army Auxiliary Corps, United . States . Army'

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1943 (made)

Artist/maker

Smith, Dan V. (artist)
Recruiting Publicity Bureau (issued by)
United States Army (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Colour lithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'Dan V. Smith'
Artist's signature, lower left corner of image

'W A A C'
Printed grey on white at the top of the poster

'THIS IS MY WAR TOO! / WOMEN'S ARMY AUXILIARY CORPS / UNITED . STATES . ARMY'

'NOVA EMANENT / RECRUITING PUBLICITY BUREAU / UNITED STATES ARMY'
Within a shield, lower left corner, printed in black ink

'PC-71 - RPB - 1-30 - 250M'
Printed in lower right corner, in black ink

Dimensions

Height: 31.9 cm, Width: 23 cm

Descriptive line

"WAAC - This is my war too!", Women's Army Auxiliary Corps poster by Dan V. Smith, Recruiting Publicity Bureau, U.S. Army, USA, 1943

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Lithography

Subjects depicted

Gender; Gendered space; Propaganda; War; Recruitment; Stars and Stripes; Flags; Army; Women; Uniforms

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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