Week 5 B -Graphics, Typography & Package Design

Week Ten Graphics, Typography & Package Design

8. War Posters

8.5. Victory Bonds Poster, G.K. Odell, Ottawa, c. 1941

Canadian Propaganda

"Nowhere was it clearer than in posters that a picture is worth a thousand words. No one needed to be reminded that the struggle was for hearts and minds at home, as well as for territory abroad.

The Wartime Information Board, under the direction of NFB's John Grierson, spelled out for artists the purpose of propaganda: to instil pride and confidence in Canada and her institutions; to show the consequences of defeat; to create a sense of personal responsibility and an acceptance of the need to sacrifice; and, above all, to build up assurance of victory.

Poster appeals were both emotional and intellectual...The message in other media was the same. The CBC brought in Vincent Price, the dean of gothic horror, to narrate a series of spy dramas set in New Brunswick and B. C. towns. British and Hollywood films blenced backlot bunker scenes with documentary footage to show Allied heroes and Axis villains."