Fairfield Museum exhibit showcases poster art of WWII
World War II, arguably, marked the last time the nation as a whole rallied to a wartime crusade in the United States.
When the U.S. entered the war after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, leaders promoted the war effort across all parts of the nation and segments of society. One of the ways support for American troops was boosted on the homefront was through a series of colorful posters -- some of which, like Rosie the Riveter, remain iconic images of the era.
The Fairfield Museum and History has mounted an exhibit of these wartime posters in observance of the 70th anniversary of VE Day this year.
As described in publicity for the exhibit, the posters were "part of the federal government's overall propaganda effort (and) incorporated strong messages and striking visuals in order to enlist every American, soldier or civilian, to help win the war. Some of the country's top artists and illustrators lent their talents to persuade Americans to increase their productivity in factories, buy war bonds, and enlarge their wartime responsibilities."
The exhibit runs through May 10.
For more information, check the website: www.fairfieldhistory.org.