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WWI Propaganda Posters

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A selection of WWI propaganda posters created by the US Food Administration (USFA), from the collection of the US National Archives.

At the turn of the 20th Century, posters had already proven to be highly effective at grabbing the attention of passersby. They were cheap, easy to produce, and could be placed virtually anywhere and easily translated into a number of languages. During WWI, the Committee on Public Information created a Division of Pictorial Publicity in 1917, tasked with encouraging American patriotism and participation in the war. A small army of over 300 volunteer artists, including James Montgomery Flagg, Charles Dana Gibson, and other contemporary artists, created stirring works of art that combined messages of patriotism and fear with stunning visuals that still evoke emotions to this day.

On the original poster creators: The U.S. Food Administration (USFA) was established on August 10, 1917, with the purpose of providing Europe with food relief during WWI. Headed by Herbert Hoover, the USFA helped persuade the American people to volunteer and save food via a successful propaganda campaign. Americans were encouraged to adopt “Meatless Mondays” and “Wheatless Wednesdays.” Hoover appealed to American values such as voluntarism, patriotism and charitability. Many Americans were eager to voluntarily help save food and planted “Victory Gardens,” as a famous USFA slogan proclaimed: “Food Will Win The War.”

Pinner's Note (Historypin): The majority of posters in this collection do not have specific locations depicted. We have pinned these posters to different major cities in the United States in order to enhance their discoverability.

This collection uses photos from the series World War I Posters, 1917 - 1919.

For further information and resources on this topic, please visit: http://www.archives.gov/education/lessons/sow-seeds/

https://education.blogs.archives.gov/2016/02/16/gardening-to-victory/

https://education.blogs.archives.gov/2013/05/30/propaganda-posters-and-the-common-core/

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/posters-sold-world-war-i-american-public-180952179/?no-ist

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