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Friday, 12 August 2011

To Die For: Selling the Great War


Belgian Red Cross: Charles Buchel, printed by Johnson, Riddle & Co., Ltd., London, S.E., 1915

Help: D.H. Souter. for Australian Red Cross Society, printed by William Brooks & Co., Ltd. Litho, Sydney, between 1914 and 1918

"Were YOU there then?" : Harry J. Weston, 1916

Gold zerschlächt Eisen. Bringt eurer Gold zur Goldankaufstelle: Julius Diez, published by E. Nister, Nürnberg, 1916

Woman your country needs you: artist unknown, 1917

Achetez le timbre antituberculeux: Vilá, published by Imp. des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1917

It's up to you -- Protect the nation's honor, enlist now: Schneck, for Associated Motion Picture Advertisers, published by Acme Litho. Co., New York [191-]

America calls -- enlist in the Navy: J.C. Leyendecker, 1917

Allgemeine Wäschesammlung: Franz Griessler, published by Paul Gerin, Wien, 1917

Pour la liberté du monde. Souscrivez á l'emprunt national á la Banque Nationale de Crédit: Sem, published by Imp. Devambez, Paris, 1917

Zeichnet 7. Kriegsanleihe: Thomas Fasche, published by K. u. K. Hofleiferant, J. Weiner, Wien, 1917

Pour le drapeau! Pour la victoire! Souscrivez à l'emprunt national . . . Banque nationale de crédit: Georges Bertin Scott, published by Devambez, Paris, 1917

Wake up America! Civilization calls every man, woman and child!: James Montgomery Flagg, published by The Hegeman Print, New York, 1917

Emblem of Italy: Edwin Holland Blashfield, published by M. Rusling Wood Litho., New York, 1917

Journée de Paris...: Francisque Poulbot, published by Imp. H. Chachoin, Paris, 14 Juillet 1917

Emblem of Great Britain and France: Edwin Holland Blashfield, published by M. Rusling Wood Litho., New York, 1917

Hero land! Grand Central Palace, Nov. 24 - Dec. 12. Admission 50 cents: Jean Bonnerot, Paris, 1917

You can help -- American Red Cross: W. T. Benda, 1918

Bolshewismus bringt Krieg, Arbeitslosigkeit und Hungersnot. Vereinigung zur Bekämpfung des Bolshewismus: Walter Schnackenberg, published by Kunstanstalt O. Consée, München, Dez. [December] 1918

For you -- they are giving their lives over there -- For them -- you must give every cent you can spare: Charles William Bartlett, published by Hawaiian Gazette Co., Ltd., Engravers & Printers, 1918

Clear-the-way!! Buy bonds -- Fourth liberty loan: Howard Chandler Christy, [191-]

Zeichnet 8. Kriegsanleihe: by R. K., published by K. u. K. Hofleiferant, J. Weiner, Wien, 1918

Every girl pulling for victory -- Victory Girls United War Work Campaign: Edward Penfield, 1918

The government asks you to do your Xmas shopping early -- Do it now: Haskell Coffin, published by American Lithographic Co., New York, 1918

Zeichtnet die Neunte! Es geht un Alles was wir lieben!: Lucian Bernhard, published by Fritz Schneller & Co, Nürnberg, 1918

Finalmente!!: Leopold Metlicovitz, published by G. Riccordi & Co, Milano, 1918

[Woman carrying a red flag]: Rudolf W. Heinisch, published by Kornsand & Co., Frankfurt am Main, 1918

Porte plume 'Ideal' Waterman l'arme de la paix: Eugène Ogé, published by Vercasson, Paris, 1919

Kriegsgefangenenhilfe. Deutsches Hilfswerk für die Kriegs und Zivilgefangenen: Walter Ditz, published by Kunstanstalt O. Consée, München, 1919

Emprunt National 1920. Souscrivez. Banque de Paris et des Pays-Bas: Francisque Poulbot, published by H. Chacoin, Paris, 1920

Douaumont Ossuary, a cemetery for French and German soldiers who died during the battle of Verdun, 1916. 250,000 men died at Verdun. The ossuary contains the skeletal remains of at least 130,000 unidentified combatants: photo by Duhjeroen, 28 August 2006

37.5 million died in the First World War.

Posters from Division of Prints & Photographs, Library of Congress


Conrad DiDiodato said...

I'm amazed at the predominance of the feminine in these pro-war posters: interesting portrayal of images of wartime women ranging from the passive Sabine to the more militarily aggressive Pallas Athena.

Sexualization of war propaganda.

Nora said...

I hate it when civilization calls first thing in the morning.

TC said...


I too was amazed.

In fact, you've hit on the point of this post.

(Though I've elected to exhibit but one, in the US Liberty Bonds series there is a veritable parade of lissome females scantily got-up in diaphanous nighties, with American flag regalia strategically deshabillé, appealing urgently for your War Bond bucks.)


I hate that too. And by then, to make matters worse, I'm already exhausted.

Ed Baker said...



those Betty Grable Legs of the next War....

we sure knew then (WWl and WW ll) what in-hell
we were fighting for

nothing abstract about it ... then

a little "cheese-cake" and perkytinytiddies
then as now
will sell anything

don't we call it now a "wardrobe malfunction" ?

WOWOW ! You've come a long way....Baby.



All those women calling us to war, then 37.5 million dead --- Johnny says "I don't know". . . .


light coming into fog against invisible
ridge, shadowed bird flapping to branch
in foreground, sound of wave in channel

forgetfulness if it happens
that is, of “oblivion”

invisibility in space, that
into each other, then

grey white of fog reflected in channel,
shadowed green pine on tip of sandspit

ACravan said...

Thank you for assembling this collection. I'm unable not to "rate" the images and overall I must say that the Germans and Austrians created (for me) the most memorable work. Curtis

TC said...

Curtis, that was the consensus here too (even among the non-Austrian).