Commercial Artistry

If you were studying graphic design in the U.S. Armed Forces in 1939—design being one of many trades taught to recruits and draftees—this is what War Department Education Manual EM 959 would suggest that you include in your portfolio.

The work reflects a handmade aesthetic, from the stylized “streamline” decorative illustration to the show card lettering. The War Department understood the need for graphic design and the necessity of sending soldiers and sailors home with a profession.

 

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