Swann’s August 7 auction of Vintage Posters features an array of wartime propaganda from both the American home front and abroad. The selection of American posters from the Second World War showcases some of the cultural icons associated with American patriotism and ingenuity, culminating in a mid-century sense of optimism and pride.
Jean Carlu’s early WWII poster Give ’em Both Barrels stirred patriotism in the factory as well as on the front lines. Carlu, a Frenchman, designed in the Art Deco and Cubist styles. His other famed poster for the U.S. War Department America’s Answer,Production was designed a year later in 1942.