WWII Propaganda Posters Reimagined as Modern Protest Ads

Jeff Gates appeals for end to partisanship

The Chamomile Tea Party, an organization created by graphic designer Jeff Gates and dedicated to easing the gridlock of partisan politics, has ponied up cash to buy billboard space on the Washington, D.C., metro to convince political players to quit the infighting and start legislating. The first poster, with the headline "I lost my job while you played party politics," is now up at the Gallery Place-Chinatown station on the red line. The second ad, "We're losing our competitive edge," will go up at Farragut West station in October. Gates, a radical centrist, created the posters by curiously remixing imagery and messages used in fear propaganda from World War II.  For example, "Exaggerated hyperbole will sink important legislature," is a rather wordy redux of the infamous "Loose lips sink ships." I don't know what's more idealistic: believing that two ads can counteract millions in Super-PAC money, or that any of Washington's power players ride the subway. See a whole slew of Chamomile Tea Party posters on Flickr.

@rebeccacullers Rebecca Cullers is a contributor to Adweek.