The “You too would want the best! Let’s be our own inspectors” propaganda poster was used during World War 2 to encourage those working in factories at home to produce quality work and to self inspect rather than waiting for inspection.
The poster uses the image of the a U.S. fighter plane engaged in battle, in the background we see dark skies with two planes falling to the ground. The slogan proudly states, that if you were in this pilots position “You too would want the best!”. The image makes a connection between those at home working in the factory and the battles on the frontline.
The poster was produced and published by the War production co-ordinating committee, whose responsibility it was to build weapons and supplies for the soldiers on the frontline. They produced a series of similar posters during World War 2, including the famous “Defend American Freedom It’s everybody’s job” poster.
The poster was designed by J. Howard Miller, who was a young graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburg at the time. He is well know for his “We can do it!” poster. The main character in this poster is often misidentified as Rosie the riveter when in fact many believe it was based on an image of Geraldine Doyle taken by the United Press International.
The “You too would want the best! Let’s be our own inspectors” poster is part of our home front poster collection.