Art: War Posters

Good war posters must tell their story simply, at a glance, for keeps—to plain citizens and highbrows alike. Few U.S. war posters since Pearl Harbor have done so. The majority have been ambiguous, arty, dutiful, frequently not worth the paste that held them up. These failings were long suspected even by the Government agencies whence the poster deluge has come.

Meanwhile in Washington dissatisfaction with the posters program led to coordination of all Government posters under Elmer Davis' Office of War Information. Heading a new Graphics Division is Francis E. ("Hank") Brennan, former Art editor of FORTUNE. Last...

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