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Poster - War traffic must come first - Don't waste transportation
  • War traffic must come first - Don't waste transportation
    Association of American Railroads
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War traffic must come first - Don't waste transportation

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    ca.1943 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Association of American Railroads (issued by)
    United States Office of Defense Transportation (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Paper and ink

  • 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.855-2004

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 65, box E

Physical description

"War traffic must come first - Don't waste transportation", World War II propaganda poster discouraging unnecessary travel. The image features a train, viewed close-up, so that only the wheels of the engine are seen, speeding along the tracks. The perspective is accentuated to suggest the train's velocity. At the top of the poster is the slogan, 'War traffic must come first', and at the bottom, 'don't waste transportation'.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

ca.1943 (made)

Artist/maker

Association of American Railroads (issued by)
United States Office of Defense Transportation (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Paper and ink

Marks and inscriptions

'WAR TRAFFIC MUST / COME FIRST'
Slogan, at the top of the poster

'DON'T WASTE TRANSPORTATION / ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS IN COOPERATION WITH THE OFFICE OF DEFENSE TRANSPORTATION'
At the bottom of the poster, the first line in larger letters than the second

Dimensions

Height: 45.5 cm, Width: 30.5 cm

Descriptive line

"War traffic must come first - Don't waste transportation", issued by the Association of American Railroads in cooperation with the Office of Defense Transportation, United States, about 1943

Materials

Paper; Ink

Subjects depicted

Railroads; Tracks; Trains; Speed; War; Rationing

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Transport; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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