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Woman's place in war

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    Washington (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1944 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Cooper, Irving (designer)
    United States Army (issued by)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photolithograph

  • 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.1617-2004

  • Gallery location:

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

In this World War II recruitment poster for the Women's Army Corps (WAC) the message is clear: a woman's place in war is in the Army, carrying out essential war work and serving her country. This recruit operates a weather station, an unusual job for a woman, and generally reserved for those in battalions stationed overseas. As the war intensified, women were presented with more and more ground-breaking opportunities to undertake duties which had previously been the preserve of men. In establishing the WAC, Congress had granted women military status, widening, to some extent, the options available to those who wanted greater military experience.

Physical description

'Woman's place in war', US World War II WAC recruitment poster, depicting a woman observing weather through a scope. She is wearing a WAC uniform with a badge on her left arm with a red disc on a white star on a blue disc with gold flashes. In the lower left corner of the image is a black oblong with the woman's job, 'Weather Observer, Army Air Forces' printed in white letters, next to a medal with a profile head of Athena.

Place of Origin

Washington (probably, made)

Date

1944 (made)

Artist/maker

Cooper, Irving (designer)
United States Army (issued by)

Materials and Techniques

Photolithograph

Marks and inscriptions

'WOMAN'S PLACE IN WAR / The Army of the United States / has 239 kinds of jobs for women / THE WOMEN'S ARMY CORPS'
Below the image, printed black on grey

'Weather Observer / ARMY AIR FORCES'
Left corner of the image, in white typeface in a black box. With a medal, the WAC insignia, the head of Athena, to the left

'IRVING COOPER'
Artist's signature, lower right corner of the image

'PC-88-RPB-1-22-44-50M', and in a shield, 'NOVA EMANENT / RECRUITMENT PUBLICITY BUREAU / UNITED STATES ARMY'
Small black typeface, in the lower right corner of the poster

Dimensions

Height: 32 cm, Width: 21 cm

Descriptive line

'Woman's place in war', US World War II WAC recruitment poster designed by Irving Cooper, issued by the US Army, United States (possibly Washington DC), 1944

Materials

Paper; Ink

Techniques

Photo lithography

Subjects depicted

Women; Women soldiers; Medal; Insignia; Soldiers; Uniforms; War; Propaganda; Optical instruments

Categories

Prints; Propaganda; Posters

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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