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Monday, June 22, 2009

The Art of War - World War One Poster Art

Today's post is what is sometimes referred to as "picspam." I find WWI-era posters fascinating. Here are a few interesting ones. I'll post some recruitment posters later this month.

Posters aimed at financing the war were very common. Here's a German war bond poster.

Here's one for the Russian liberty loan.

Money was needed for relief of refugees and other victims of the war.

This American War Bond poster is unusual because it's a photograph rather than a painting.

Sentimental appeals were quite common.

Familiar figures were appropriated for the cause as well.

Appeals continued ever after the war ended.


  1. Interesting, seeing the old posters. Hope we never have to see new ones!!!

  2. Some of them are really interesting as part of the history of illustration and advertising. I'm hoping there's a book on that somewhere.

  3. I've always loved the illustrations on the war posters. There were some impressive and imaginative artists during that time.

  4. Nice post, Victoria. My favorite pic is the one with the female Marine that says: If you want to fight, join the Marines.
    I used to have the poster but lost it during a move.

    :) Marie

  5. That is an excellent one. There was a similar one for the Navy. "Gee! I wish I were a man. I'd join the Navy."

  6. Fascinating posters. My son is a World War II buff and the ones from that war are interesting also.