Thursday, March 4, 2010

Camouflaged Fund Raising

Disruptive ship camouflage (called dazzle camouflage) was apparently always popular with the American public. In 1918, as reported in an issue of Popular Science Monthly, dazzle-painted miniatures of a torpedo boat (right) and a submarine were featured at a Liberty Loan fund-raising event on the Charles River. According to the article, "The torpedo boat, towing the submarine, cruised back and forth in the basin, while large crowds from Boston and Cambridge lined the banks and cheered the oddly painted craft." Of the various ways of selling Liberty Bonds, it continues, "this was the most novel, inspiring and appealing."