It was everyone’s war, which comes through loud and clear in the new exhibit at the G&B Cultural Center, “Every Man, Woman and Child Is a Partner.” This show of World War II artifacts takes its name from a quote by FDR. It speaks of a different time, one that comes alive in the bright, in-your-face graphics of the vintage war posters and prints of war planes bathed in heroic light. Unlike the controversial “conflicts” of recent memory, World War II was fought at home and abroad without doubt or apology.
Magazines and newspapers of the period all proclaimed their patriotism and promoted the cause. The Queen Elizabeth carried troops. In this display, you’ll see the original Rosie the Riveter, Betty Grable’s legs, “Loose Lips Might Sink Ships,” and many more icons of the war. See FDR and George Patton on the covers of Life, not to mention the famous kiss in Times Square.
Gathered from several private collections, “Every Man, Woman and Child Is a Partner” comprises publications and propaganda from the Forties, original photographs of a journalist who was on the scene at beach landings, treaty signings and historic meetings, even model tanks. A WWII era motorcycle with sidecar is the center of attention,
but other sections focus on the role of women in the war effort, the British contribution, and the Germans’ surrender.
Whether you remember it yourself, or have only studied World War II, this exhibit at the Gilbert & Bennett Community Cultural Center is powerful and evocative. The show opens with a reception from 3 to 6 pm on Sunday, February 3rd , and continues from 9 to 4 daily through February, free of charge. Some of the items on display are available for sale. The Center is at 49 New St. in the Georgetown section of Wilton. For more information, call 203-544-0056.