Jean Carlu (Bonnières-sur-Seine, France, 1900 - 1997) was a French graphic designer, specialised in posters. He was member of a family of architects; his brother Jacques Carlu for example designed the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. He made posters during World War II to promote an increase in American production.
JEAN CARLU (1900-1997) GIVE 'EM BOTH BARRELS. 1941.
30x39 3/4 inches, 76x101 cm. U.S. Government Printing Office, [Washington D.C.]
Condition B+: repaired tears and restored losses at edges; minor creases and abrasions in margins and image.
In 1939, while still in France, Carlu designed a poster promoting the "Anglo-French Day for the benefit of the combatants and their families," featuring two soldiers in profile, a theme which he clearly replicated here, but with far more effect and impact. "A visual analogy is found between a machine gun and a rivet-gun," (Word & Image p. 61) driving home the connection between home front workers and front-line soldiers. This is the larger of two formats.