When In Doubt Lights Out

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When In Doubt Lights Out

Dimensions: 20" (w) x 28" (h)

During World War II, the Atlantic Ocean was full of German U-Boats. These submarines were able to torpedo and sink ships off of the East Coast of the United States by targeting their silhouettes. The bright light emitted by large coastal cities was what enabled the submarines to see the allied ships. This poster, produced circa 1941, advocated the concept of the "blackout". If entire cities turned their lights off, then the submarines would be unable to target American vessels. The same concept was used in air-raid defense, if bomber crews could not see their targets, then they would not be able to bomb accurately. Unfortunately, cities like New York City believed that turning off their lights at night during the war would be detrimental to their tourist income, so many coastal sinkings still occurred.

This poster is part of Record Group 44: Records of the Office of Government Reports, 1932-1947 in the Still Pictures Records Section of the Special Media Services Division at Archives II in College Park, Maryland.

--description by Cyrus Sethna
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    • Sturdy matte black plastic frame
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    • Frame measures 22"w x 30"h
    • 2 plastic sawtooth corner hangers on 22" side
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