Date: c. 1945
Size: 19.75 x 30 inches
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About The Poster: During WWII, posters not only continued to play an important role as promoters of motivation and patriotic fervour, but they also appealed "to darker emotions such as anger at the cost of war - both human and financial. The appeal of posters also lies in the use of familiar images and expressions. Graphic artists combined their skill with advertising copywriters to sway public opinion and unite people in support of the war effort. The posters’ effectiveness arises from complex designs of words and symbols to communicate, invite action and build consensus." (Source : Australian National Wartime Museum, Patriotism, Persuasion, Prpaganda, American War Posters).
This poster, titled "Plus de 1 000 000 de tonnes de l'axe coulées dans la mer du Nord et dans la manche" maps out all of the ships lost during the war and their location. It is a blunt visualization of the cost of war, intended to rally people's solidarity and help.