Friday, November 03, 2006

Fun with propaganda

By Heraclitus

Okay, here's some light-hearted Friday afternoon blogging.

I'm not sure what to make of the first poster (see below). Like my brother said, "He looks hardcore." At first I thought this was a bit of advertising, and the Mr. Peanut depicted was the advertising logo. I thought he had cast aside his monocle and top hat and gone out to fight (and although he's wearing a WWI helmet, this is a WWII poster). But then the bottom of the poster says "United States Department of Agriculture." So apparently this was meant to bring in recruits from Georgia or something.

Then there's the submarine one. To quote my brother again, it sounds like it's some kind of innuendo. But I don't know; the fella looks too smug to be doing any volunteering in the boudoir. The women is obviously paying special attention to his medal; she seems to like small things.

The final poster has to be one of the all-time best examples of ridiculously heavy-handed messages from your government. Anytime the government puts out a poster telling you who your friend is, you know something has gone terribly wrong. And why was this necessary? Were there a lot of Chinese infantrymen showing up to get haircuts or buy groceries in rural New Hampshire in 1944?

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