World War I Poster - Les Foyers du Soldat
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A World War I poster, titled “Les Foyers du Soldat” (trans: A Home for Soldiers). On the right is the silhouette of a soldier walking across snowy hills on a starry night toward three buildings that are probably YMCA canteens. The YMCA emblem is in the bottom right corner. The Union Franco-Americaine was a formal arrangement between the American YMCA and the French Army, lead by Emmanuel Sautter. In February 1918, the French ministry of war agreed to provide the YMCA with buildings, tables, benches, light, and heat in order to establish new foyers. In return, the American YMCA provided secretaries and programming. By February 1919, they had established 1,452 Foyers du Soldat for the French Army. They operated at the front and behind the lines, just as American canteens did. At the conclusion of World War I, supreme allied commander Marshal Foch commented on the massive support that was provided by the YMCA during hostilities in an address to YMCA officials and staff: “Thanks to your powerful help, we were able to maintain our morale; thanks to the Foyer du Soldat Franco-Americaine YMCA, into which the tired solder came for new strength and to find a touch of that family life, or at least that familiar contact which seemed to him an infinite comfort. This was the means by which resistance was [and] you sheltered all that work in the shadow of the finest ideals, the principle of humanity––unselfish service.” The artist, Justin Marie Georges Dorival (1879-1968), trained in Paris at the National School of Decorative Arts. Before the war, he was a well-known poster artist for tourism and advertising industries. During World War I, Dorival designed posters for the French Red Cross, the YMCA, and the Women’s Union of France. Throughout his career as a graphic artist, he signed his work “Geo Dorival.”
There are a few tears along the bottom and a longer tear on the left side. There are two small black stains on the soldier.
|Dorival, Geo, 1879-|
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
|International Young Men's Christian Association|
Young Men's Christian Association of North America
World War, 1914-1918
French American Union
Women’s Union of France
Les Foyers du Soldat
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- Chicago citation style
- Dorival, Geo, 1879-. World War I Poster - Les Foyers du Soldat. 1918. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/2270. (Accessed June 24, 2018.)
- APA citation style
- Dorival, Geo, 1879-, (1918) World War I Poster - Les Foyers du Soldat. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America, http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/2270
- MLA citation style
- Dorival, Geo, 1879-. Retrieved from the Digital Public Library of America <http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/2270>.