The “Get hot – keep moving – Don’t waste a precious minute” is one of a number of home front posters produced by the office for Emergency Management during World War 2. This poster was published firstly in 1941 and the artist is unknown.
It gives the feeling of a need for high levels of productivity in the factories of U.S.A, all workers should be working around the clock in a unified effort. The main protagonist is well built and is shovelling coal into a furnace. He is obviously hot from his work, the poster asks that all workers put in the same effort as he is.
Key to the success of the U.S war effort was the supply chain to the soldiers on the front line. New machinery and food supplies were needed to power the allied advance. In a time of difficulty , when a lot of loved ones were away at war, it would have been easy for the moral of the people to drop.
This poster and posters such as “Come on gang, we are building for victory” were designed to improve moral and productivity. They showed that it was a unified effort that would result in an allied victory and not just the soldiers on the front.