How to Use the Images
Illustration 4: “Star-Spangled Heart”
(Library of Congress)
Questions for Illustration 4
1. The U.S. Army created this poster in 1943. What do you think its purpose was?
2. What symbols can you find in this poster?
3. What qualities do you think a “girl with a Star-Spangled heart” would have? Why do you suppose the artist chose this particular phrase to use in this poster?
4. In the most effective posters, words and images reinforce each other. In what ways do the words and the symbols in this poster work together?
5. How would you describe the woman in the poster? Bradshaw Crandell was a well-known commercial artist whose glamorous portraits of models and movie stars appeared on many magazine covers and in many advertisements in the 1920s and 1930s. Why do you think the Army asked him to design a poster for the Women’s Army Corps?
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