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World War II Poster: 'The M1 Does My Talking'

World War II Poster: 'The M1 Does My Talking'

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This poster was created by the artist Jes Schlaikjer in 1945 for the Office of War Information. There is a small seal in the lower left with text that says "U.S. Army Official Poster". It shows a battle-worn soldier holding his M-1 Garand rifle and a clip of .30-06 cartridges.

There are at least two versions of this poster, with the same illustration. The one shown above is the original version -- the lower section says "with your cartridges" urging more war production. Another version exists where the bottom says "Are you careful what you say or write?" Since the soldier is holding an M1 cartridge clip in his open hand, the original version is the only one where the wording matches.

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