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In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of America's entrance into World War I, this handsome volume presents the finest 100 posters of the war, each one full page and from the original poster. From thousands of examples produced in Europe, including Germany, France, England, Austria, Belgium, and the U.S., this collection offers a choice selection accompanied by detailed captions. WWI marked the first use of color lithographic posters as a propaganda tool, and they formed a major method of communications on both sides of the conflict.
Governments were compelled to persuade citizens about the justness of the war's cause and the importance of participation — especially in the United States, which waited nearly three years to enter the fray. Recruitment posters exhorted viewers to enlist in the armed forces by appealing to a sense of duty and patriotism and occasionally promising training in a variety of practical skills. Americans remaining on the home front were urged to buy Victory Bonds, support the Red Cross, knit socks, and contribute in other ways to the war effort.
A renaissance of poster art had occurred immediately prior to World War I, thanks to advancements in printing techniques and materials, and the trend attracted legions of artists and craftsmen. James Montgomery Flagg's celebrated "I Want You for the U. S. Army," with its stern, finger-pointing image of Uncle Sam, remains a powerful and much-imitated symbol of patriotism. Other artists whose works appear in this collection include J. C. Lyendecker, Howard Chandler Christy, Gordon Grant, Harvey Dunn, Ludwig Hohlwein, W.T. Brenda, Frank Brangwyn, and Theophile Steinlen.
Also Charles Livingston Bull, Edward Penfield, C.B Falls, Joseph Pennell, Steinlen, Bert Thomas, Auguste Leroux, Heinrich Lefler, etc. And there is a surprising number of works which are unattributed, but nonetheless so powerful that they are included here.
This is a first class collection, with some of the finest reproduction we've seen. The foreign examples in particular have been mostly unseen in the more typical collections, so it's fascinating to see what Germany was using to promote THEIR soldiers and civilians, and examples from the other European countries each have their own particular take on the heroics, the inspirational, as well as the threats of death and destruction, of vengeance for injustice, of "joining the just cause."
With their deep-rooted appeal to emotions and their powerful influence on behavior, these striking posters constitute an enduringly significant and historically valuable art form.
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Item Code WWOPH Publisher Calla Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781606600955 Binding Hard Cover Dimensions 9x12 # Pages 208pg Color Full Color
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