WW2 History Club

WW2 Era Advertising 

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WW2 created some interesting shortages including the materials traditionally used for books and magazine.  Special paper, inks and sizes were employed in book publishing to minimize the consumption of scarce resources. 

Magazines continued to flourish and were a major source of information and analysis.  Advertising in magazines often had a patriotic or military flavor.  Many companies had converted from the manufacture of civilian goods to war products and were not hesitant to tell their previous and future customers what they were doing.  A formal advertising campaign was established for WWII (see link below)


Advertisement Source
Abbott & Costello in Lost In A Harem Photoplay, 1944
AAF Colliers, 21 Oct 1944
Nucoa Margarine unknown magazine, 1942
Studebaker unknown magazine, 1943


For more on WWII advertising,

nice summary article on women in advertising during WWII

German propaganda advertising during WWII

Flicker set of WWII advertising images

Advertising Campaign article from the Museum of Advertising (the link to the Duke University anti inflation material is broken; use this: http://library.duke.edu/digitalcollections/?keyword=anti+inflation)



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Date Last Updated:  21-Nov-2015

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