Today is the 67th anniversary of what is considered the beginning of World War II -- the day Great Britain and France declared war on Germany, and just two days after Hitler's troops invaded Poland.
It's a good day for remembrances of things large and small.
Where does advertising fit in? In the following examples, on the side of the good guys.
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1. An anti-inflation ad prepared by the War Advertising Council. The tag line says it all: Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do. Or do without.
2. Prepared by the Narragansett Electric Company, this World War II-era print ad promotes the recycling of fats and grease that can be used as ammunition on the front.
3. Martin Aircraft ran this 1945 ad encouraging stateside folks to write servicemen overseas. (The contributions of the WACs and the WAVEs went largely unrecognized.)
4. San Moritz On-the-Park, touted as 'New York's Only Truly Continental Hotel,' did its part in the early 1940s with this ad for the War Bond effort.
5. Last but not least, this dated warning about STDs.