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"Industrial Progress" poster, 1945

In the 1980s, as the National Museum of American History began to expand its collections beyond technology to include labor, it also began to collect artifacts representing business and management, including work incentive posters common in factories from World War I to the present. The museum had collected similar posters during World War II to illustrate industry's contribution to the war effort and as graphic art. In the 1960s it acquired some ten thousand World War I and II posters from Princeton University Library. Posters like these portray corporate and government attitudes toward workers, technology, and industry.

See also: Work History, World War II

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