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Traveling WV: U.S. Navy Poster Museum

Many of the posters from the 20s, 30s, and 40s were created by famous artists, unfortunately several died serving during World War 2. (WCHS/WVAH)

Kelly Fields, a United States Navy Reserve veteran, was always intrigued by an old Navy recruiting poster in her uncle's attic. It depicted a young woman in Navy garb saying "Gee, I wish I were a man...I'd join the Navy" The message and that poster inspired her to enlist . Fields loves the Navy, and has spent many years collecting Navy recruiting posters from the 1920s to present day. Now visitors can see her impressive and tasteful collection at The U.S. Navy Poster Museum in Point Pleasant.

These posters, especially the ones from the 1920s, 30s, and 40s, were created by some amazing and notable artists...they are true works of art. Kelly says today's posters are mostly photographs and graphics, and simply lack the romance and artistry of days gone by. Touring the museum is like stepping back in time, Fields says she especially enjoys the reactions of Navy veterans when they point out a poster and say "That's the one that made me want to enlist!"

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