There’s a World War II Propaganda Poster to Suit Every Bomb Girl
05.12.14 by Mandy
When it comes to propaganda posters, they were never done better than they were in the Second World War. Posters were designed to inspire, motivate, fill people with pride and instill some fear. The propaganda in these posters was intended to hit a nerve with people from all walks of life, and we're guessing they succeeded. The ladies featured on REELZ' WWII period drama all come from very different backgrounds, yet there’s at least one poster that speaks to each of our Bomb Girls.
Same War, Different Battles
From the very first episode of Bomb Girls, Lorna insists that the ladies who work on the blue shift are soldiers, just like the men serving on the battlefield. We definitely think this poster, which declares that all types of women working in the war effort are "Soldiers without guns," would tug at our favorite floor matron's heart strings.
Her position at VicMu might not actually be in Quality Assurance, but there's no doubt that Betty McRae takes her job as a trainer seriously. She makes a point of ensuring that every girl on the line knows how to do her job, and if she catches an error she lets everybody know about it. Betty knows that a mistake on her line could cause casualties on the battlefield, and that's why we think this poster would strike a chord with Miss McRae.
It's a little surprising, but Edith is the only recurring character from the blue shift to have a husband who had enlisted in the armed forces. We think a poster like this could have been what convinced her to fill out an application at Victory Munitions while her husband was stationed overseas.
It's clear from the second season of Bomb Girls that no one loves a new accessory like the fun-loving Vera Burr, and we wouldn't be surprised if it was the prospect of a cute, new, blue turban that helped her make her decision about which wartime job to take.
We picked out most of the posters on this list because our VicMu girls would have loved them, but this one is a little different. Because Kate was already paranoid about her father watching her, we think this already decidedly creepy poster would've been extra frightening for our lovely little church mouse.
We're (relatively) sure that Carol believed that getting a job was something of a civic duty, and we're also sure that working somewhere as dirty and noisy as a factory floor would have never appealed to her. That's why we think this poster featuring a cute, well-coiffed girl sitting behind a typewriter would have caught Miss Demer's eye and made her consider a job as an office girl.
Unlike her BFF Carol, Gladys wants to get out there, get dirty, and really feel like she's fighting in the war. This poster that depicts factory workers and farm laborers attacking right alongside an armed soldier would probably cause Gladys' heart to swell with pride.
There's not a whole lot that we know about Betty's lady-friend Theresa, but here's two things we know for sure: she believes in the importance of war bonds and she digs blondes. We think this poster encouraging Canadians to buy victory bonds would have been one of her favorites.
We think it's too bad that our least favorite red-shift floor worker, Hazel MacDugall, didn't pay more attention to this particular poster. If she had, it might've saved James from a few uncomfortable doctor's visits.
Immerse yourself in all of the Bomb Girls' drama with a full-series marathon over Memorial Day weekend, followed by the premiere of the Reelz original movie Bomb Girls: Facing the Enemy at 9p ET/ 8p PT on May 26th.