“GIVE 'EM BOTH BARRELS”: DRAMATIC BRITISH WORLD WAR II POSTER
(WORLD WAR II) CARLU, Jean. Poster: Give 'Em Both Barrels. Washington: Government Printing Office, circa 1941. Original color broadside poster, measuring 40 by 30 inches, closely framed, measures 42 by 32 inches.
Dramatic original World War II poster by modern artist Jean Carlu depicting a soldier with a machine gun and a worker with a rivet gun, accompanied by the words "Give 'Em Both Barrels."
This 1941 World War II poster is by Jean Carlu, a well-known French graphic designer influenced by the cubists. Carlu specialized in poster art and was known for his ability to leverage psychology to create impactful images. Interestingly, this poster, while important and much sought after, originally failed to have the intended impact. In 1942, the graphics bureau of the Office of Facts and Figures conducted a survey about imagery effectiveness. Survey data revealed that people viewed Carlu's worker holding a rivet gun as a gangster with a machine gun and thought the poster was about the FBI. It nevertheless remains one of the most renowned posters of the war. This poster is twice the normal size of a standard World War II propaganda poster. Deaccessioned by the Valentine Museum, Richmond Virginia.
Faint foldlines, minor creasing and tearing to margins. Near-fine condition.