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Featured image: Library of Congress P&P, LC-USW36-24

The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was essentially a propaganda agency, promulgated by Franklin D Roosevelt on June 13th, 1942 as a unification of several domestic information agencies.

Many Americans were bewildered by their rapid progression from Great Depression, to Arsenal of Democracy, to co-belligerent in a global conflict. So Roosevelt charged the OWI with using press, radio, movies and other media to inform the domestic population about the war effort and what they were fighting for.

The aesthetics of aircraft construction

Among the OWI’s incredibly talented staff were its official photographer, Alfred T Palmer (1906 – 1993) and one of his staff, Howard R Hollem. And they quickly got to work.

Alfred T Palmer in May 1942, while on assignment at the US Marines' glider training camp, Parris Island, SC. (LoC P&P, LC-USW3- 002348-E) Alfred T Palmer in May 1942, snapped on assignment at the US Marines’ glider training camp, Parris Island, SC. (LoC P&P, LC-USW3- 002348-E)

Through the second half of 1942 and…

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