Here is a collection of ads, illustrations, and photographs published in the 1940s.
We also have a dedicated page about WWII.
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Cadillac’s World War II Iconic Advertisements
On January 16, 1942, 39 days after Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt, with an executive order, created the War Production Board (WPB) to convert peacetime industrial production to meet the needs of the war.
Only 55 days after automobile production ended, Cadillac delivered the first tank. Just 17 days later, the second was shipped. Production was beginning to roll and soon to become a flood.
American Streamlined Trains. Striking Ads of the 1940s
From the mid-thirties, American railroads developed deluxe passenger trains, the streamliners. Some became legendary and profoundly influenced popular culture by focusing on concepts such as power, speed, technological progress, comfort, and luxury service.
WWII according to Fascist Propaganda in Achille Beltrame’s Drawings
A selection of plates by Achille Beltrame WWII from 1939 to 1942 for “La Domenica del Corriere” a popular Italian magazine. Like all media controlled by strict censorship, the magazine reflected the Fascist Party’s view of the war, like a good vs. bad fight and enhancing Axis victories.