In the United States, ideas from blue-collar workers were coveted objects during World War II. In an effort to “outthink” the Axis, an unusual organization of knowledge production emerged, in which workers were implored to share their ideas with a nation at war. This article interrogates a set of posters produced by the War Production Board and labor-management committees that articulate this particular history of ideas. By examining the reconfigurations of time and space, the incorporation of workers’ bodies and minds, and the campaign’s understandings of expertise and property, the article draws attention to the historical particularities of how knowledge production, material production, and war were interrelated in this economy of ideas.

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