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World War I Posters

Original World War I Posters

I Want You for U.S. Army Original Poster by James Montgomery FlaggFlagg, James Montgomery.
I Want You for U.S. Army, 1917

Join the Air Service and Serve in France Original Poster by Paul J. Verrees Verrees, Paul J.
Join the Air Service and Serve in France, 1917

Together We Win Original Poster by James Montgomery Flagg
Flagg, James Montgomery.
Together We Win, 1918 ca.

Save the Products of the Land Original Poster by Charles Livingston Bull
Bull, Charles Livingston.
Save the Products of the Land, 1917 ca. 

Fight or Buy Bonds Original Poster by Howard Chandler Christy
Christy, Howard Chandler.
 Fight or Buy Bonds, 1917

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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  

 

On the Job for Victory Original Poster by Jonas Lie Lie, Jonas.
On the Job for Victory, 1918

Teamwork Builds Ships Original Poster by William Dodge Stevens
 Stevens, William Dodge.
  Teamwork Builds Ships, 1918

 The Girl on the Land Serves the Nation's Need Original Poster by Edward Penfield

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

AZ Aero - Follow All Aviation Events Original Poster by Imre Spiegel
  Spiegel, Imre.
AZ Aero - Follow All Aviation Events,
1917

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

And They Thought We Couldn't Fight Original Poster by Clyde Forsythe
  Forsythe, Clyde.
And They Thought  
We Couldn't Fight, 
1918

Join Red Cross Original Poster by Artist Unknown
Artist Unknown.
Join - All You Need is
a Heart and a Dollar,
  1917 ca.

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

Care for Her through the YWCA Original Poster by Adolf Triedler
Triedler, Adolph.
Care for Her through  
the YWCA, 1918

Teamwork Wins Original Poster by Hibberd V.B. Kline
Kline, Hibberd V.B..
Teamwork Wins,
  1918