World War II Leaflets

The Case:

Going through her brother’s belongings in El Paso, TX, a History Detectives fan came across a leaflet with Japanese writing and startling war images.  

A note taped to the box says, “This box contains an original propaganda leaflet dropped on Japan. I know the woman who did most of the artwork and printing for the U.S. propaganda leaflets.”

The pictures are provocative: a clenched fist with people struggling inside its grasp, a soldier wielding a dagger against a civilian, planes flying over billows of smoke.

Who was the artist? Did the US Military use this leaflet during World War II? 

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Season 9, Episode 2

Wes Cowan Location:
Texas and Seattle, Washington

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Seattle Museum of Flight
9404 East Marginal Way S
Seattle, WA 98108-4097
Phone: 206.764.5720

The Blakemore Foundation
1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4800
Seattle, WA 98101-3266
(206) 359-8778 phone
(206) 359-9778 fax

Francis Blakemore's Leaflets

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