World War I Poster - His Home Over There
View Full Image
A United War Work Campaign poster from World War I. It shows six soldiers walking toward a Y.M.C.A. facility. The doors are held open by two figures and everything inside is warmly lit against the backdrop of the snowy winter night. The head of the sheet has the emblems for both the Y.M.C.A and the Y.W.C.A. on either side of the text "His Home Over There." The bottom reads: "More than 2000 Such Homes for Our Boys; United War Work Campaign; November 11th-18th." At the request of the Commissions on Training Camp Activities, the Playground and Recreation Association of America formed the United War Work Campaign, bringing together seven organizations: the Y.M.C.A., the Y.W.C.A., the American Library Association, the War Camp Community Service, the Knights of Columbus, the Jewish Welfare Board, and the Salvation Army. They provided soldiers with access to movies, theaters, libraries and museums, swimming pools, gymnasiums, athletic fields, and clubs. As part of its humanitarian relief work during World War I, the Y.M.C.A. even owned forty-four factories in Europe dedicated to the production of cookies and candy for the troops. Concerned in particular about young women in the communities adjacent to army camps, the Y.W.C.A. recruited and trained speakers who delivered over 2,000 lectures between 1917 and 1918. Y.W.C.A workers established centers “to help keep women fit for their work” by providing opportunities for rest, relaxation, and a good meal at a reasonable price. The artist, Albert Herter, (1871-1950) was born in New York. Herter was the original owner of the Creeks, an extravagant 60-acre estate on Georgica Pond. He married fellow-artist McGinnis, and their son, Christian Herter, became Dwight D. Eisenhower’s second Secretary of State. Herter studied in Paris, and some of his most well-known works include Young Girl, Garden of the Hesperides, and Still Life with Flowering Dogwood and Japanese Figurines. There are two small tears at top as well as one small tear on the left side.
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
|International Young Men's Christian Association|
World War, 1914-1918
Young Men's Christian Association of North America
Young Women's Christian Association
World War I
United War Work
Commissions on Training Camp Activities
Playground and Recreation Association of America
Text and images are owned, held, or licensed by Springfield College and are available for personal, non-commercial, and educational use, provided that ownership is properly cited. A credit line is required and should read: Courtesy of Springfield College, Babson Library, Archives and Special Collections. Any commercial use without written permission from Springfield College is strictly prohibited. Other individuals or entities other than, and in addition to, Springfield College may also own copyrights and other propriety rights. The publishing, exhibiting, or broadcasting party assumes all responsibility for clearing reproduction rights and for any infringement of United States copyright law. Contact host institution for more information.