Original hand-painted poster entitled “The V Hand: Welcome Block Leaders,” promoting a week-long meeting from March 30-April 3 of an unspecified year with a local Office of Civilian Defense block leader, who would explain how households could participate in community wartime programs such as salvage and Victory gardens during World War II. The poster features a dark-colored hand with the Civilian Defense community programs written on its fingers. The hand is that of an African American, with the poster believed to have been used within an unidentified African American community in North Carolina to promote community Civilian Defense programs during the war. The poster also has a large logo of the Office of Civilian Defense on the bottom in the characteristic blue, red, and white symbol. This poster was believed to have been used in Wake County, NC, during the war [1940s] [Poster has paint missing and smeared from poor storage over time and being rubbed off. A placard with the date is loose, having been attached with a metal paperclip to the side of the poster; the metal clip was replaced with a large plastic archival clip].
From North Carolina WWII Home Front Posters, WWII 11, WWII Papers, Military Collection, State Archives of North Carolina, Raleigh, N.C.
Owner: State Archives of North Carolina
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