Patriotism, Transportation Style

Happy 4th of July! The holiday got us feeling a little patriotic. As we thought of ideas for this week’s release, we came across a rich history of patriotic appeals directed at transportation and wanted to share some of them with you!

During World War II, the US Government produced several appeals to conserve war related resources:

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(L to R) Gasoline Conservation Poster from World War II (1944) by Harold Von Schmidt;  U.S. Office of Defense Transportation Poster from World War II (1943) by Montgomery Earl Melbourne; When You Ride Alone You Ride With Hitler! (1943) by Weimer Pursell.

More recently, everyone is getting into the (Green Patriot) poster game:

Michael Bierut designed a campaign for Cleveland buses promoting both the ecologically sound use of public transportation and the development of green jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Michael Bierut’s campaign for Cleveland buses promotes both the ecologically sound use of public transportation and the development of green jobs in the manufacturing sector.

Eric Dennison’s Leaving the Planet in the Dust? The campaign aims to promote the economic and ecological benefits of carpooling.

Paul Adkins designed Try Going CarFree to promote all the joys, benefits and realities of leaving your car behind.

Paul Adkins’ Try Going CarFree promotes all the joys, benefits and realities of leaving your car behind.

And then there’s the modernized spin-off of a WWII campaign:

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Bill Maher’s, When You Ride ALONE You Ride With Bin Laden: What the Government Should be Telling Us to Help Fight the War on Terrorism

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