Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Men Working Together

"A poster comes to life. A couple of groundhogs get a liberal education from a Navy pilot as Aviation-radio Chief John Marshall Evans (left) escorts welder George Woolslayer and Sergeant French L. Vineyard (right) through his navy post. The three colleagues of the "Men Working Together" poster learned how the war can be won only by the united efforts of soldier, sailor and worker, during their introductions to one another's spheres of activity. Allegheny- Steel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."  August 1942. Alfred T. Palmer, photographer. FSA-OWI Collection, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Poster. "Men Working Together!" Office for Emergency Management. Division of Information, 1941. World War II Poster Collection. Digitized Poster Collections, Northwestern University Library.

The "Men Working Together" poster is discussed in Posters for Peace (figure 12, p. 32). When the Farm Security Administration (FSA) photography project moved to the Office of War Information (OWI) with America's engagement in World War II, along with poster artists from the Works Progress Administration (WPA), themes that had stimulated New Deal posters were adapted to serve the national security emergency.

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