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One of the omnipresent icons of the war was the Minuteman. During the
American Revolution, the minutemen were patriots who formed scattered militia
and who were ready to fight the Redcoats in a moments notice. Their determination,
readiness, and patriotism were unquestioned. Their effectiveness was extraordinary.
Thus the Minuteman became an ideal icon for WWII. Portraying that same readiness,
determination, patriotism, and effectiveness, it spurred Americans on in the prolonged
war. The minuteman appeared on many collectibles from the era but is best known for
its use in encouraging the purchase of US defense and war bonds. It appeared on
sheet music, cinderellas, covers, postcards, posters, toys and so on. It was even
featured in cartoons. Its prevalence on collectibles of the era led us to believe an
archive featuring the classic minuteman icon would be a nice archive and addition to
this site indeed.