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World War I Posters

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Vintage War Poster Flagg, James Montgomery.
I Want You for U.S. Army, 1917

Vintage War Poster Verrees, Paul J.
Join the Air Service and Serve in France, 1917

Vintage War Poster
Flagg, James Montgomery.
Together We Win, 1918 ca.

Vintage War Poster
Bull, Charles Livingston.
Save the Products of the Land, 1917 ca. 

Vintage War Poster
Christy, Howard Chandler.
 Fight or Buy Bonds, 1917

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Explore our leading World War I collection, consisting of nearly 200 original vintage posters from around the globe. Most popular searches: 

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World War I Primer: 

World War I was the first conflict in which the illustrated color lithographic poster was used as a propaganda tool. Already well established in the world of commerce, travel and entertainment before the war, illustrated posters had proven the most effective means of advertising yet invented. During the war, the poster's accessibility and impact made it the single most important means of mass communication.  

World War I posters were used by all sides to evoke patriotism, sacrifice, and hatred of the enemy, but they were most successful in the United States where the creative energy of Madison Avenue admen was brought to bear. In scarcely two years, more than 2,500 designs and about 20 million posters persuaded Americans to abandon their isolationism and conduct a full-scale war against the Axis. World War I posters were used for every aspect of waging all-out war, from recruitment and fund raising to home front production, conservation, security and morale. 

Today, World War I war posters from all combatants are a major category of poster collecting. This is undoubtedly due to the affordability, beauty and relevance of many of the images. Unfortunately, as nearly a century has passed, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find these posters in good condition. Images that sold for $25 in the 1970s now sell for hundreds and occasionally thousands of dollars.

Leading Artists:

United States:  Christy, Flagg, Gibson, Lie, Leyendecker, Paus, Penfield, Triedler

France:  Faivre, Fouqueray, Jonas, Steinlen

Germany:  Erdt, Erler, Graef, Hohlwein

Italy:  Borgoni, Mauzan

Britain:  Brangwyn, Meyers

Misc:  Biro, Moldovany (Hungary)

For more, visit our past gallery exhibitions:
Paper Wars - Propaganda Posters of the First and Second World Wars
War and Revolution - Propaganda Posters from World War I America and Revolutionary Russia  

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Vintage War Poster  Lie, Jonas.
On the Job for Victory, 1918

Vintage War Poster
  Stevens, William Dodge.
  Teamwork Builds Ships, 1918

 Vintage War Poster

Penfield, Edward.
The Girl on the Land Serves the Nation's Need - Apply Y.W.C.A., 1917 

Vintage War Poster
  Spiegel, Imre.
AZ Aero - Follow All Aviation Events,

Vintage War Poster
Artist Unknown.
There is Still a Place in the Line for You, 1915

Vintage War Poster
  Forsythe, Clyde.
And They Thought  
We Couldn't Fight, 

Vintage War Poster
Artist Unknown.
Join - All You Need is
a Heart and a Dollar,
  1917 ca.

Vintage War Poster
Neumont, Maurice.
On Ne Passe Pas (They Shall Not Pass!), 1918

Vintage War Poster
Triedler, Adolph.
Care for Her through  
the YWCA, 1918

Vintage War Poster
Kline, Hibberd V.B..
Teamwork Wins,