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Thursday, 8th October 2009

Online Searchable Collection: World War I Posters

This online collection of digitized World War I posters comes from the Prints & Photographs Division at the Library of Congress.

From the Home Page:

During World War I, the impact of the poster as a means of communication was greater than at any other time during history. The ability of posters to inspire, inform, and persuade combined with vibrant design trends in many of the participating countries to produce thousands of interesting visual works. The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division makes available online approximately 1,900 posters created between 1914 and 1920. Most relate directly to the war, but some German posters date from the post-war period and illustrate events such as the rise of Bolshevism and Communism, the 1919 General Assembly election and various plebiscites.

The majority of the posters were printed in the United States. Posters from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands, and Russia are included as well. The posters range in style from anonymous broadsides (predominantly text) to graphically vibrant works by well-known designers. The Library acquired these posters through gift, purchase, and exchange or transfer from other government institutions, and continues to add to the collection.

Information about obtaining copies is available through the "How to Order" link near the top of each catalog record.

The home page also contains rights info, background and scope of the collection, related resources, and a bibliography

To access the collection, search the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog subset of World War I posters.
All entries have catalog records and most have images available online.

Source: Library of Congress

See Also: Access the Complete Prints & Photographs Online Catalog


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