Inluence of the Writers' War Board
    The WWB was so effective and their influence was so widespread, they were often recruited by different groups such as government agencies and various branches of the military. These groups asked the WWB to use their propaganda to influence the American public into supporting a certain cause or to recruite Americans into certain areas of military or civilian service that needed more workers in order to be productive. One government agency that recruited the WWB to help them during the war was the Office of Price Administration, or the OPA. (4) In 1943 the United States faced a serious inflation problem due to "the advent of higher taxes and public restraint in purchasing consumer goods necessary to control inflation." (4) To deal with the situation the Writers' War Board employed their usual methods of media influence to head the anti-inflation campaign. One specific way they went about this campaign was through radio shows with well known celebrities.

Frank Sinatra lending his voice to a radio broadcast.
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Singer Frank Sinatra and comedian Jack Benny made comments on the radio aimed at the American public regarding the reasons for inflation. (4) Using these celebrities to convey their message was a common tactic used by the WWB. Americans are more likely to be influenced by a celebrity telling them what is right or wrong and how they should act in a situation, for example how to spend their money, than by just another politician telling them what to do. For the younger teenage audience and readers of romantic pulp magazines the issue of inflation was addressed in the magazines thrilling, Love and High Boards. (5) The Superman comic strip also ran two issues about inflation and a "Believe It or Not" cartoon was prepared by Robert Ripley about inflation. (5)
    By using all these different forms of media, the WWB's campaign against inflation reached pretty much every level of society from comic strips, to the different magazines, to the radio. This was another effective method used by the WWB in their propaganda. They did not restrict themselves to just one form of media or just one level of society in their influential campaigns. Instead they spread themselves out, not only throughout the media, but throughout society. They concentrated equally on the lower, middle, and upper classes. This strategy was extremely effective because to truly solve the problem of inflation the cooperation of all levels of society was essential. The Writers' War Board was also employed by divisions of the armed forces such as the Army Auxiliary Force, and the Army Ground Forces. The WWB was asked by the War Department in 1942 to focus on the less popular but none the less important jobs of the Army Air Force.

Example of propaganda used to recruit men into the AAF.
These jobs included navigators, bombardiers, tail gunners, and ground crew members. (6) To recruit people for these positions the WWB once again focused their propaganda on all ages and social classes. A short story written by Paul Gallico called "Bombardier" was featured in the Saturday Evening Post. The hero of the story was described as "hunting blood", and his job as being "the most wonderful...in the war." (6)

Another example of propaganda used to recruit civilians into armed forces.
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A similar story about a tail gunner was printed in American Magazine. It described the tail gunners job as "the most important job in this man's war." (6) Another article that was distributed to newspapers across the country was written by Franklin P. Adams titled "The Gunner's the Man." (6) These articles were read by men across the country and instilled into their minds the belief that these jobs were in fact glamorous and more desirable than before. A popular song was even written for this campaign entitled, "I Want to Marry a Bombardier." (6) By using the media in this campaign, as in others, the WWB successfully recruited hundreds of men into the jobs that were previously thought to be boring or unglamorous. This campaign effectively shows how powerful a tool propaganda and the media can be. Before the campaign for the Air Force, the need for men to fill these jobs was desperately needed, but after six months, 52 articles, 24 syndicated columns, 3 broadcasts, 1 handbook, 2 popular songs, 12 stories, and 1 novel later, the Air Force had to request that the WWB limit their campaign. (6) Now, more men were signing up to be gunners and bombardiers than they could possibly use.

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