Composites of OWI Photographic Images Used in Swedish Publications, 1942 - 1942

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Composites of OWI Photographic Images Used in Swedish Publications, 1942 - 1942

Composites of OWI Photographic Images Used in Swedish Publications, 1942 - 1942

Established by an Executive order of June 13, 1942, the Office of War Information was designed to promote a coordinated, centralized government propaganda program for World War II, facilitating understanding at home and abroad. The OWI was made up of an Overseas, and a Domestic Operations Branch. The Overseas Operations Branch was divided into several Bureaus, one of which was the News and Features Bureau. One of the 4 divisions of the News and Features Bureau, was the Picture Division, which was responsible for furnishing pictures and picture material to other divisions of the Overseas Branch. Picture Division activities were divided among a number of sections- News Pictures, which sent abroad more than 3000 photographs a day via print, negative, and plastic printing plate shipments along with radiophoto transmissions; Feature Pictures (which became after July, 1943, the Picture Service), responsible for researching, locating, and at times, creating photographs for feature releases, psychological warfare publications, pamphlets, posters, and other home-generated projects and for filling special request from OWI Outposts Exhibit; Filmstrip; and Microfilm (microfilming selected books, newspapers, and magazines for efficient foreign dissemination). Following the post-war termination of the OWI in September 1945, Picture Division holdings were transferred, along with those of the rest of the Overseas Operations Branch, to the State Department's newly created Interim International Information Service, ultimately reconstituted (January 1, 1946) as the Office of International Information and Cultural Affairs. This album titled, RESULTS OF O.W.I. PICTURE OPERATION IN SWEDEN, is a photographic record of News Picture Sections and Feature Section Stories, published in Swedish newspapers and magazines. The Collection was made by the Chief of the Stockholm Bureau. Each composite is captioned in Swedish. Thepublication data given for each picture is in English. Shown are cartoons captioned in Swedish, Hollywood stars of the 1940's such as Eleanor Powell, Spencer Tracy, Lana Turner, Cary Grant, John Wayne, and Ingrid Bergman; personalities such as Walt Disney, Joe Louis, Walt Whitman, Carl Sandburg, Harry Hopkins, and wartime personalities such as President Franklin Roosevelt, Generals Douglas MacArthur, Mark Clark, Henry "HAP" Arnold, George Marshall, Dwight Eisenhower; and flying ace, Colin Kelly. There are also loose photographs of clippings distributed to Swedish press and magazines that for some reason were not included in the album. There are no negatives for this series. For a complete administrative history of the Office of War Information see- Record Group 208 series AA description.

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