Food is a munition of war!

Accession Number ARTV00161
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 75.5 x 50.4 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description Offset lithograph on paper
Maker Commonwealth Food Control
Commonwealth Food Control
Date made c. 1942-1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Poster depicts a housewife throwing cans of food at a twisted caricature of a Japanese soldier. The title runs across the top half of the poster, in red and blue ink. The housewife, who is drawn in black and white, is in the background, and the Japanese soldier, who is also in monochrome, except for his red lips, is in the foreground of the right hand side.The cans of food are quite a devestating weapon; if used in this fashion they could have been quite effective missiles. Food rationing was pervasive in war-time Australia and this poster implores households to keep up the effort in economising food.