"America Calling / Take Your Place in Civil Defense" Vintage WWII Poster by Herbert Matter, 1941

Offered is an original WWII lithograph poster designed by Herbert Matter. Printed in 1941 by the U.S. Printing Office, this war poster was published by the Information for Emergency Management in Washington D.C. In red and white block letters, the top of the poster reads, “AMERICA CALLING,” while the bottom text reads, “Take your place in Civilian Defense.” A photographed bald eagle, by Arthur H. Fisher, spreads it wings with streaks of color giving the impression of flight. Herbert Matter’s printed signature lies just above the eagle’s wing and the overall image instills a sense of urgency and determination in a tumultuous time.

Published the same year the U.S. entered the Second World War, this poster urged people to get more involved in civil defense. Civil defense is defined as all nonmilitary action done to defend life and property from the enemy. This included civilian training in firefighting, first aid, and air raid drills. This poster would have targeted the general population to do all they could to prepare to follow instructions, assist others who may need help, and help the overall war cause in the event of an homeland emergency.


Overall very good condition. One small paint spot present just below the eagle’s foot. Otherwise, no notable damage to the poster. It is housed beautifully in a custom built frame according to archival standards.

Framed Dimensions: 43 1/2" H x 33 1/2" W x 1 1/2"D

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