Alabama Bomber

Today’s Poster is a classic ‘shadow of the bomber’, over a very specific audience, that of the citizens of Alabama, shown by the state’s unique geographic shape.


Catalogued in the Library of Congress as a War Projects Administration War Services poster, created between 1941 and 1943, it’s given as by ‘Welch’, but with no other details of the creator. As used in many other contexts, the aircraft’s shadow is seen as a threat, here in a remarkably abstract, yet powerful way. Would it have gained volunteers for the new Office of Civilian Defense?

James Kightly, Vintage Aero Writer.

Poster from the Library of Congress here.

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