WWII Popular Culture: The Rise of the Victory Garden

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WWII Popular Culture: The Rise of the Victory Garden

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World War II: Visual Documents: Propaganda Films

This collection highlights the other ways that the home front population was exposed to the importance of participating in the war effort via planting and growing a victory garden. The collection reflects the diversification of the tactics used by the government as they endorsed this program, therefore demonstrating the rise of the victory garden.

Items in the WWII Popular Culture: The Rise of the Victory Garden Collection

Victory Gardens
Instructional video about growing a victory garden. Another way that FDR's government propagated victory gardens was through instructional videos that informed the population on how to properly tend gardens. They often highlighted the ease of growing…

Brownie's Victory Garden
Cartoon to encourage the population to grow victory gardens during World War II. Victory garden propaganda videos were often specifically aimed at children. This cartoon showed kids a fun and fanciful way that vegetables grew, with the hopes of…

Henry Browne, Farmer (1942)
Importance of contributing to the national food supply, and grow your own food. This propaganda video highlights the farm garden, and describes the important role that famers played in the war effort. In addition to growing produce for to sell, the…

Gardening (1940)
Instructional film on how to garden. Propaganda instructional videos told the population what they should be doing to help win the war. This film teaches the population how to properly tend and grow vegetables. It focuses mostly on the children…

Wartime Nutrition (1943)
Instructional video on the importance of nutrition. This propaganda video focuses on the importance of nutrition and what will happen to Americans if they do not eat the right type of food. This propaganda film serves as a warning as to what will…

Children's Gardens in Chicago
Diagram of how to lay out a victory garden in order to grow vegetables successfully. Images like this one were used to provide the home front population with a guide as to the correct way to layout their victory garden. The diagram provides the…

Children's gardens in Chicago
Student display of a victory garden. School aged children were the main people group that participated in the growing of victory gardens. They would spend the spring and summer months growing vegetables and taking care of plants. When the following…

Children's Gardens in Chicago
Victory garden community plot in a vacant lot. School victory gardens were often produced in previously vacant lots. This is an image of one of the gardens that World War II home front children grew as both a school project and a way to participate…

Highland Park's School Victory Garden
victory garden card that certifies the garden and allows for the student to keep track of their progress. Schools provided cards, for the children participating in the victory garden program, to keep track of their gardens.

highland parks school victory garden
victory garden card used to keep track of the garden's progress. Schools provided cards, for the children participating in the victory garden program, to keep track of their gardens.