WORLD WAR POSTERS

During World War 1 the impact of the poster as a mean of communication was greater than any other time during history. The posters had different themes; Food Issues and Savings, Library and Books, National Symbols, Recruitment, Red Cross, and War Bonds and Funds.

            Food was needed for soldiers and starving civilians in Europe. Americans were encouraged to keep gardens to produce enough food. These were called victory gardens. The children were also encouraged in gardening to show their patriotism, instead of going off and fighting in the war.

            Many campaigns were put out to buy war bonds and stamps during World War 2. America was getting out of the great depression and trying to decrease the deficit. The money was going into the war, but was also being invested for more returns.

            Many young men wanted to join the war as a sense of pride; however there was still a lot to do at home. There were many recruitment posters trying to urge the hesitant to join the army, but also many posters to show people how they could help at home. With the farmers gone to fight, someone needed to take their spot, nurses were needed now more than ever. Production was at an all time high, and people were needed to work in the factories.

            With all of these posters we are able to see a little portion of the past. This shows our culture and where we came from, how we worked together to get through one of the most difficult times our country has been through. They show how the world came together, for something bigger than ourselves, for something just. These posters are a part of our history and they help show us how we became such a great nation.

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