New York. Army Information Branch. Army Service Forces. Monday, 12 February,1945. Volume III No. 43F. Stock ID #157534
Large double sided folded sheet featuring a poster showing images of Japan in 1939 on one side and on the reverse a large US Newsmap showing Germany and Poland, with two smaller inset maps and text to accompany all three maps, in the lower section of the sheet. The text accompanying the map of Germany and Poland is titled "Allies Close on Reich from Two Sides". The two smaller inset maps show "Aircraft Strike over Wide Pacific Area" and "Manila Liberated".
On the reverse of the map is a poster featuring 17 black and white photographic images of Japanese people and scenes with captions. The poster carries its title and accompanying text boldly printed in reverse block in the central section of the sheet. The title and text in this section reads:
"Inside Japan * This was Japan in 1939 - before that nation girded itself to strike south and east for conquest. The pictures were taken by an American tourist and are believed to be among the last to leave the country."
The photographic images that make up the rest of the sheet range in subject from an exorcism in a subway station to street scenes, military and recreation. At first glance the propaganda aim of this sheet is not as clear as it becomes when one reads some of the captions. "Modern buildings house Tokyo newspapers, dominated by the government's "thought control" propaganda policy"; "This tourist hotel room, with its private garden, is now within range of American B-29's based on Saipan"; "Cold curiosity is the only emotion shown by the Tokyo man-in-the-street as this dogs les dying on the road" and "The progressive Japanese businessman apes western manners in his clothing, but women retain ancient garb" are some examples.
Sheet measures 88.5 x 119.5cm. Few small holes at folds, pencilled date upper margin, good copy. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 157534).
Price: $275.00 AU