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World War I Poster Collection

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American charities and the government launched campaigns through posters to encourage civilians to support the war effort. This collection contains propaganda posters pertaining to World War I publicizing efforts of organizations including the United states Food Administration, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), the Red Cross, the United States Treasury department, and other American and allied organizations.

Biographical and Historical Note

World War I began on July 28, 1914. The war was fought between two sides: the Allies (the United Kingdom, Japan, France, Russia, and Italy) and the Central Powers (Germany, Austria-Hungary, Bulgaria, and the Ottoman Empire). The United States joined the Allied side in 1917. The war was fought in Europe and the Middle East, ending on November 11, 1918, after Germany signed an armistice. However, warfare continued until June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The casualty total was approximately 37 million, with 7 million civilian deaths.

American participation in the war required an enormous output of economic, industrial, and military resources. The American government relied heavily on the American public to supply military personnel, raw materials, labor, industrial goods, and funds to support the war effort. Many American charitable organizations as well as the American government launched campaigns to encourage civilians to support the war effort, through activities such as purchasing war bonds and stamps, enlisting in the armed forces, and donating money and goods. Posters were a popular method to deliver these messages to the American population.

Collection Overview

This collection contains approximately 200 propoganda posters pertaining to World War I. These posters were published primarily between 1914 and 1918, with a select few published outside these years. Publishing organizations include the United States Food Administration, the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), the Red Cross, the United States Treasury department, and other American and allied organizations.

Collection Inventory

  • "2 Inspiring Cablegrams" (1918) Oversize 17
  • "10,000,000 Members by Christmas - On Christmas Eve a Candle in Every Window and Red Cross Members in Every Home" (3) (1917) Oversize 5
  • "All here have given" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 9
  • "America the hope of all who suffer - the dread of all who wrong" (circa 1918) Oversize 2
  • "Americans All!" (2) (1919) Oversize 16
  • "America's food pledge 20 million tons" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 4
  • "And they thought we couldn't fight" (1917) Oversize 16
  • "Answer the Call January 4th 6th & 7th" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 10
  • "Answer the Red Cross Christmas Roll Call" (1918) Oversize 2
  • "Attendez un instant. ça chauffe! Les Foyers du soldat" in French language (1916) Oversize 1
  • "Back our girls over there" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 2
  • "Be a U.S. Marine!" (circa 1918) Oversize 17
  • "Beat Back the Hun with Liberty Bonds" (2) (1917) Oversize 2
  • "Behold the boy of yesterday our protector of to-day" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 1
  • "Buy Another Join the YD" (2) (1919) Oversize 11
  • "Buy W.S.S at Any Bank or Post Office" (circa 1918) Oversize 8
  • "Carry On! Stamp! Stamp! Stamp! Who'll buy a Stamp?" (circa 1918) Oversize 16
  • "The Child at Your Door" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 1
  • "Civilians - When we go through this we need all the help and comfort we can give" (1918) Oversize 5
  • "Civilians - When we go through this we need all the help and comfort we can give." (1918) Oversize 14
  • "Do Your Duty. Join the U.S. Marines" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 5
  • "Don't stop saving food" (2) (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 4
  • "Eat Cane Syrup & Molasses - Save Sugar By Using Best Louisiana molasses and Sugar Cane Syrup" (2) Oversize 3
  • "Eat less and let us be thankful that we have enough to share with those who fight for freedom" (1918) Oversize 4
  • "Eat more corn, oats and rye products- fish and poultry- fruits, vegetables and potatoes baked, boiled, and broiled foods" (2) (1917) Oversize 2
  • "E-E-E-YAH-YIP - Go over with U.S. Marines" (1917) Oversize 11
  • "Every girl pulling for victory - Victory Girls United War Work Campaign" (1918) Oversize 12
  • "Finish the Job Subscribe to the 'Victory' Liberty Loan" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 1
  • "Food - Don't waste it" (2) (1917) Oversize 3
  • "Food is Ammunition - Don't waste it" (2) (circa 1918) Oversize 3
  • "Food: Keep the Home Garden going" (2) (1918) Oversize 3
  • "Food Will Win the War" (2) (1917) Oversize 13
  • "Food Will Win the War" in Yiddish language (1917) Oversize 13
  • "For Every Fighter a Woman Worker Y.W.C.A." One woman worker (1918) Oversize 6
  • "For Every Fighter a Woman Worker Y.W.C.A." Women workers in uniforms (1918) Oversize 16
  • "For Home and Country: Victory Liberty Loan" (2) (1918) Oversize 17
  • "For Your Boy" (1918) Oversize 5
  • "Give!" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 11
  • "Goal" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 2
  • "Go over the top with U.S. Marines" (1917) Oversize 2
  • "Good Bye, Dad, I'm off To Fight For Old Glory, You Buy U.S. Gov't Bonds" (1917) Oversize 8
  • "The Greatest Mother in the World" (3) (circa 1918) Oversize 6
  • "Have you answered the Red Cross Christmas Roll Call?" (2) (1918) Oversize 12
  • "Have YOU a Red Cross Service Flag?" (3) (1918) Oversize 8
  • "Have YOU a Red Cross Service Flag?" (2) (1918) Oversize 14
  • "He can win!" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 13
  • "He did his duty - will you?" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 5
  • "Help!" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 5
  • "Help Our Town Win This Flag" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 11
  • "Hey Fellows! Your money brings the book we need when we want it" (1918) Oversize 14
  • "His home over there" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 17
  • "I am telling you on June 28th I expect you to enlist in the army of war savers to back up my army of fighters" (3) (1918) Oversize 8
  • "I summon you to the comradeship - Woodrow Wilson. Answer the Red Cross Christmas roll call for universal membership" (2) (1918) Oversize 2
  • "If You Want to Fight! Join the Marines" (1915) Oversize 15
  • "Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan" (1919) Oversize 7
  • "Is This Your Hand?" (2) (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 13
  • "Join" (3) (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 9
  • "Join - all you need is a heart and a dollar" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 9
  • "June 28th is National War Savings Day" (2) (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 4
  • "Keep 'em smiling! Help War Camp Community Service" (2) (1918) Oversize 15
  • "Knowledge Wins. Public Library Books are Free" (3) (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 13
  • "Launching Another Victory Ship" (circa 1918) Oversize 1
  • "Le Travail eloigne de nous trois grands maux: L'Ennui, Le Vice et Le Besoin: vous tous qui cherchez du travail oudésirez des renseignements: Adressez-vous aux "Foyers" de L'Union Franco-Américaine; YMCA" in French language (circa 1918) Oversize 17
  • "Les Foyers du Soldat et du Marin - Y.M.C.A. - Union Franco-Américaine" in French language (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 15
  • "Les Foyers du Soldat - Y.M.C.A. - Union Franco-Americaine," winter scene (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 15
  • "Les Foyers Du Soldat. Union Franco-Americaine. Foyers Means Home in France" in French language (1918) Oversize 7
  • "Les foyers du soldats - Y.M.C.A. - Union franco-americaine. Quand tu parles de la femme, pense a ta mere, a ta soeur, a ta fiancee, et tu ne diras pas de betises" in French language (circa 1918) Oversize 17
  • "Lest they perish" (1917) Oversize 10
  • "Lest we perish" (circa 1918) Oversize 8
  • "Let Santa bring W.S.S. War Savings Stamps to All Patriots" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 9
  • "Light Consumes Coal -Save Light, Save Coal" (1917) Oversize 2
  • "Little Americans Do Your Bit" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 1
  • "Make Our American Red Cross In Peace as in War 'The Greatest Mother in the World'" (1919) Oversize 4
  • "Munissez Vous De Monnaie!" in French language (1916) Oversize 1
  • "Oh, Boy! That's the Girl! The Salvation Army Lassie!" (1918) Oversize 17
  • "On Est Prie De Ne Pas Cracher Par Terre" in French language (1916) Oversize 1
  • "On the Job For Victory" (1918) Oversize 14
  • "One of the Thousand Y.M.C.A Girls In France" (1918) Oversize 16
  • "One Million Dollar War Fund: To be collected from Lincoln's to Washington's birthday." Salvation Army vehicle (2) (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 10
  • "One Million Dollar War Fund: To be collected from Lincoln's to Washington's birthday." Salvation Army workers in France (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 10
  • "One Million Dollar War Fund: To be collected from Lincoln's to Washington's birthday." Soldiers' huts in France (3) (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 10
  • "Order your coal now. Get it out of Uncle Sam's way - he needs the railroads for the war" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 8
  • "Pas Trop De Chahut S.V.P." in French language (1916) Oversize 1
  • "Patriotic League" (3) (1918) Oversize 12
  • "'Put fighting blood in your business. Here's his record! Does he get a job!' Arthur Woods, Assistant to the Secretary of War" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 8
  • "Red Cross Christmas Roll Call" (2) (1918) Oversize 13
  • "Remember Belgium Buy Bonds Fourth Liberty Loan" (circa 1918) Oversize 2
  • "Save food for world relief" (3) (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 12
  • "Save a loaf a week - help win the war" (1917) Oversize 3
  • "Save the products of the Land. Eat more fish - they feed themselves" (2) (1917) Oversize 3
  • "Save and serve the cause of freedom" (1917) Oversize 3
  • "Save the Survivors - 3,950,000 starving people" (circa 1918) Oversize 4
  • "Save the Survivors - 3,950,000 starving people" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 14
  • "Salvation Army War Fund" (3) (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 10
  • "See Him Through Help Us to Help the Boys" (2) (1918) Oversize 8
  • "Share in the victory--Save for your country--Save for yourself--Buy War Savings Stamps" (1918) Oversize 5
  • "The ships are coming" (1917) Oversize 2
  • "Soldiers-Sailors and Women Guests Welcome to the Y.W.C.A. Hostess House" (2) (1917) Oversize 7
  • "The Spirit of War Camp Community Service" (1918) Oversize 5
  • "Stop - Have you gone your limit in Liberty Bonds? Fighting 4th Liberty Loan" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 11
  • "Sugar Means Ships" (1917) Oversize 10
  • "Sure! We'll Finish the Job" (1918) Oversize 7
  • "TAG Day, Nov. 23, 1918. Italian War Relief Fund. Give!" (3) (1918) Oversize 10
  • "Tell that to the Marines!" by James Montgomery Flagg (circa 1917-1919) Oversize 15
  • "Teufel Hunden - German Nickname for U.S. Marines" (1917) Oversize 13
  • "Third Red Cross Roll Call" (2) (1918) Oversize 6
  • "This Device on Hat or Helmet Means U.S. Marines" (1910-1920) Oversize 16
  • "This is what God gives us. What are you giving so that others may live?" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 4
  • "To-day buy that liberty bond" (2) (1917) Oversize 11
  • "USA Bonds Third Liberty Loan Campaign Boy Scouts of America" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 8
  • "United War Work Campaign" in Yiddish langauge (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 9
  • "United We Serve" (2) (1918) Oversize 13
  • "Universal Membership Week" (3) (1918) Oversize 15
  • "U.S. Marines - Active Service on Land and Sea" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 15
  • "U.S. Marines. 'Be a Sea Soldier'" (1917) Oversize 15
  • "U.S. Marines 'Soldiers of the Sea,'" soldiers looking out to sea (1917) Oversize 17
  • "U.S. Marines 'Soldiers of the Sea,'" soldiers with a rifle and a bugle (1917) Oversize 17
  • "U.S. Marines 'Soldiers of the Sea,'" soldiers with weapons in a landing party (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 15
  • "The U.S. Marines Want You" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 13
  • "Use The Handkerchief and Do Your Bit to Protect Me! The Public" (2) (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 10
  • "V" (1917) Oversize 14
  • "V - Invest" (2) (1917) Oversize 11
  • "War Rages in France" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 4
  • "Will You Be One of A Million Workers to Secure Members for The American Red Cross" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 8
  • "Workers lend your strength to the red triangle" (3) (1918) Oversize 12
  • "The 'Y' has More than 2000 Such Homes for Our Boys" (1918) Oversize 7
  • "The 'Y' has More than 2000 Such Homes for Our Boys" (1918) Oversize 3
  • "YMCA United War Work Campaign November 11-18, 1918" (1918) Oversize 14
  • "You can help" (1918) Oversize 5
  • "Your War Savings Pledge" (1917) Oversize 9
  • "Y.W.C.A" (circa 1914-1918) Oversize 9
  • "Y.W.C.A Social Club" (circa 1918) Oversize 4

Summary Information

Repository
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives
Title
World War I Poster Collection
ID
MS882
Date [inclusive]
circa 1914-1918
Extent
56.0 linear feet  17 oversize folders

Administrative Information

Publication Information
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives 2017 December
Access Restrictions
Collection is open for researchers. 
Copyright Notice
The nature of the WFU Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of ZSR Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. 
Preferred Citation
World War I Poster Collection (MS882), Z. Smith Reynolds Library Special Collections and Archives, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, USA. 

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