You’re In The Navy (Army) Now

dishesIf you’ve never had
the priviledge to serve
your country in one
of the Armed Forces,

you might just have
missed out on some
unique art posters,

originally never meant
to even be seen by civilians.

The defense department
has always utilized
high quality and effective
graphics art posters —

— never more so,
but during wartime,
and especially in the 1940’s
(World War II) .

Many of the same
uniquely talented artists
that worked on WWII posters,

— had originally honed
their skills doing postersblabbed
for the arts division
of the W.P.A.
(The Work Projects Administration)
during and after the years
of the Great Depression
in the 1930’s.

Often, the posters
had to do with
service-related issues
like:
secrecy,
safety,
security,chow
health,
(especially V.D.
and Malaria prevention)
and waste.

But they could also
deal with very diverse topics,
sometimes in a surprisingly
candid way.

And they were geared
to and for a serviceman’s
sensibilities  —

so, they frequently featureddummy
pin-up style illustrations.

My favorites , of course,
are the WW II era posters
oriented toward the Navy
and Naval Personnel,

mainly because these
posters can be
very service specific —

a Sailor at sea has very
different problems and
challenges than a Soldiersextant
in the field…..

sometimes a cartoon
will illustrate Navy life
better than a thousand words,

— and because they are
living proof
( to me, anyway ),
that the Navy
hasn’t really
changed
all that much,
despite the passingnavychowhound
of some 6 decades.

For instance,
the whole dynamic
of the Navy Chowhound —

— it’s certainly true that
the Navy has the best food —

— and also very true
that we have some
of the biggest chowhounds
ever.

Stuffing your tray
with good Navy chow
is as old as a tradition,sailor
as the Navy itself —

— and as you can imagine,
wasting food can become
quite a problem,

especially in war-time.

I also like the
V.D. posters
from the period

( no, not a bad pun,
not even a little bit )phosgene

— partly
because of the art,
and partly because
I got a dirty mind.

You can see a whole bunch
of interesting ones
on my post
about the subject here.

(why in the world
would you even
be surprised that
I posted about it?)garlic

One of the things
that catches folks off guard
sometimes are the posters
about chemical
and biological
threats to personnel —

(like the above poster
about phosgene gas
or this one about
mustard gas)

— what we used to call ABC.

Increased dopey feeling?pr

— hey —
I’m dopey enough already.

I didn’t mention atomic
because hardly anyone knew
about nuclear weapons
in the early 1940’s,
unless they weretalked
stationed at a site
like Oak Ridge.

But, if you’re interested,
I did a post about
atomic safety posters, too —

Damn, this thing
is starting to sound
more like a commercial,
ain’t it ?

Well —
just remember —

Watch Out For Booby Traps.

souv

 

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9 thoughts on “You’re In The Navy (Army) Now

  1. Wow! Cool artwork and important messages!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

  2. ktz2 says:

    Disney had a bunch of WW2 propaganda cartoons w/Donald Duck, Warner Brothers did some as well.
    Found this video on you tube- What Did WW2 Soldiers Eat .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YueiTnSl_Bo

  3. tlryder says:

    Listen to that calendar lady. Don’t get malaria. Or these days, Zika or West Nile Virus! Your honey will be sad!

  4. Rita says:

    Wow! The ‘somebody blabbed’ one got to me. Thanks for sharing, C

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