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Advertising at WarBusiness, Consumers, and Government in the 1940s$
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Inger L. Stole

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037122

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037122.001.0001

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Prelude to War

Prelude to War

(p.17) 1 Prelude to War
Advertising at War

Inger L. Stole

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the significance to advertising of the Temporary National Economic Committee’s (TNEC) investigations, and discusses the ongoing government investigations into advertising’s economic role. It considers the shift from a consumer to a defense economy and how the changes affected the advertising industry’s raison d’être. A series of bills were proposed in Congress that would have effectively halted advertising during World War II, leaving advertisers to fear that the public might not be eager to return to an advertising-laden society once the fighting was over. Increasing demands for advertising restrictions, combined with renewed government interest in consumer conditions, propelled industry leaders into a state of high defense.

Keywords:   Temporary National Economic Committee, advertising industry, defense economy, advertising restrictions, consumer conditions

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