Museum’s new exhibit spotlights variety of wartime motivational posters

Published: Friday, November 08, 2019 @ 9:08 AM


            A temporary exhibit featuring posters from World War I, World War II and the Cold War will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Nov. 22 through May 2020. (Contributed photo)
A temporary exhibit featuring posters from World War I, World War II and the Cold War will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force from Nov. 22 through May 2020. (Contributed photo)

During World War I, World War II and the Cold War, government and commercial agencies leveraged posters as a way to mobilize America for war. Their messages were straightforward and simple, reinforced by colorful and powerful imagery.

These posters related to people of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging their support on the home front. War bond drives were heavily advertised, and recruitment posters enticed future service members.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force preserves and stores more than 500 posters. Beginning Nov. 22, more than 60 examples will be on exhibit in the Art Gallery. The exhibit will run through May 2020.

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The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.

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A temporary exhibit featuring wounded warrior dog wooden sculptures by artist James Mellick will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Nov. 8 through Jan. 31. (Contributed photos)

Exhibit features wounded warrior dog sculptures

A new travelling exhibition of wooden dog sculptures featuring eight wounded warrior dogs and four canine war dogs will be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Nov. 8 through Jan. 31.

The exhibit, titled “Canine Warriors – Courage and Sacrifice, Always Beside You,” was designed by Ohio master craftsman James Mellick to not only bring attention to the service and heroism of military working dogs but to be symbolic of the courageous sacrifices and wounds suffered during

This exhibit is brought in part by the generosity of the Air Force Museum Foundation Inc. (Federal endorsement is not implied.) Accompanying the exhibit will be art from the Air Force Art Program depicting military working dogs.