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World War I posters – A journey through American history

Vintage and historical America has always fascinated me.  Here are some of the more interesting of the thousands available of posters issued during WWI.  I saw some sites which called these “propoganda.”  Perhaps in today’s society, some posters may be considered that, but during this era in US history, that is just the way it was.

We have all seen the “Join now…” posters, what women can do, join the Red Cross, etc., but what I did not realize were the number of posters in regards to the disable soldiers and sailors.  Interesting, though, I did not see the term “veteran” anywhere… I wonder when “Disabled Veteran” become the normal terminology….

Enlisting during WWI was also targeted unemployed – which was many – as well as a way to be paid to earn an education – which many could not afford on their own.


Learning to walk for the second time c1919


At work again Back to the farm c1919


What can the blinded men do in world of commerce and industry c1919


Reading and writing are not lost arts to the blinded men c1919


Facts of interest to the disable soldier or sailor c1919


India restores her war cripples to self-support c1919


First steps to usefulness c1919


The lure of movies c1919


Future shipworkers one-armed men c1919


The disabled man who is profitably employed is no longer handicapped c1919


With compass and tsquare c1919


Back home, Gave both arms in service c1919


Refugees in Russia poster c1917 1918


Refugees in Russia text c1917 1918


Here is your chance to see France and the Rhine enlist c1917 or 1918


How would you like to be with Uncle Sams priviledged tourists c1918


Urgent the President has issued an urgent call c1917 to 1919


US Army wants you enlist c1917 to 1919


You are wanted by the US Army 660 Market San Fran btwn c1915 1918


For action enlist in the air service c1917 to 1920, Cushing, Otho


Come on boys Do your duty by enlisting c1917


Men wanted for the army btwn c1910 and 1915, Whelan, Michael P


General Pershing says A chance for you to enlist c1917 or 1919


Lighten his load c 1918


Twenty sheep to clothe c1917 1918


Women girls rest info go to YWCA c1917 or 1918


The men know home fols know c1918


Earn while you learn c1919


Engineers blaze the trail for education c1919


Know him by this sign the Medical Caduceus c1919


The signal corps c1919


Why not meet us in hero land c1917


Territory of Hawaii registration day c1917 or 1918


If you only knew c1917 1918


Be a trained nurse c1917 1918


Join the red cross candle in window c1917 1918


Amer Red Cross clothes overseas c1914 to 1918


Jr Red Cross comrades c1919


Your money or his life btwn c1914 to 1918


What can you do Join our Red Cross


What are you doing to help Join Amer Red Cross c1919, Grant, Gordon 1875-1962


The Red Cross sees a man through c1919


Red Cross first aid c1919


Many peoples One Nation poster c1917


Many peoples One Nation text c1917


Dawn after darkness c1918  Levy, Alexander Oscar 1881-1934


Liberty claims her own c1917 1918  Levy, Alexander Oscar 1881-1934


Liberty, freed, humanity’s need c1918  Levy, Alexander Oscar 1881-1934


The cross and the crusaders c 1917 Levy, Alexander Oscar 1881-1934


You in her thoughts poster c1917 1918.  This poster is a poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox extolling male virginity before marriage to prevent health problems related to sexually transmitted diseases.  Below is a zoom of the text.


Source:  Government Archives

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