Propaganda Images

Propaganda is a biased form of communication that is aimed at influencing the attitude and opinions of a community toward some cause or position.

Propaganda often presents facts selectively with the aim of influencing its audience through various tecniques such as slogans or a brief, striking phrase that may include labeling and stereotyping.

This image was an American wartime propaganda poster created by J. Howard Miller in 1943 for Westinghouse Electric as an inspirational image to boost worker morale.

The poster was rediscovered in the early 1980s and widely reproduced in many forms often known as “We Can Do It!” but also known as “Rosie the Riveter” after the iconic figure of a strong female production worker.

The image was used to promote feminism and other political issues beginning in the 1980s. The image made the cover of the Smithsonian magazine in 1994 and was fashioned into a US first-class mail stamp in 1999. It was incorporated in 2008 into campaign materials for several US politicians, and was reworked by an artist in 2010 to celebrate the first female prime minisister of Australia.

This image is a piece of American recruitment propaganda for the U.S army the image portrays Uncle Sam a common national personification of American government that apparently came into use during the war in 1812.

This poster was designed by Alfred Leete, it first appeared as a cover illustration for the London opinion on the 5th of September 1914.

During the outbreak of the First World War the prime minister appointed Lord Kitchener as Secretary of state for the War, he was given the task of recruiting soldiers to fight German forces.

The Poster is believed to have been one of the main influences bringing millions of men in to the army. The month the image was first published had the highest number of volunteers. As requests were made for reproductions, the magazine issued post-sized copies and the Parliamentary Recruiting Committee obtained permission to use the design in poster form.

The Image of Lord Kitchener sternly pointing towards the viewer, exclaiming ‘I Want You” was posted nation wide helping to recruit military forces.

Research References


This assignment tought me more about propaganda and the ways it can be used. It was interesting researching propaganda images I was already familiar with and finding out more about their origins and why they were created. For example In the “Your country needs you” poster, I had no idea who the image was of, my research went on to show me it was in fact Lord Kitchener and I learnt about who he was.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s