World War I Poster - See Him Through
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In this World War I poster an older man in a Knights of Columbus uniform gestures at the back of a solider who brings up the end of a line of troops. The group marches toward a horizon marked by clouds from explosions and gunfire. Above the image are the words "See Him Through," while below it reads, "Help Us To Help The Boys," "National Catholic War Council," "Knights of Columbus," and "United War Work Campaign - Week of November 11-1918." Toward the bottom left of the image is the National Catholic War Council emblem, while to the right is the Burton Rice's signature. American Art News (VOL. XVII, No. 7, November 23, 1918), in a critique of then-recent World War I posters, described Rice's poster as "weakened by too much background of white paper." The poster advertises a major fundraising drive that the United War Work Campaign (a coalition of organizations including the Knights of Columbus) underwent. Similar to YMCA work, the Knights of Columbus provided recreation, a place for Catholics to practice their faith, and the amenities of home to soldiers. During World War I, Supreme Knight James A. Flaherty proposed to U.S. President Woodrow Wilson that the Order establish soldiers' welfare centers in the U.S. and abroad. The Order raised more than $14 million for this program on its own, and was allocated another $30 million from a national fund drive. There are two duplicates (SC17004, SC17015). Very small piece of right corner missing.
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
|United War Work Campaign|
|World War, 1914-1918|
International Young Men's Christian Association
Knights of Columbus
United War Work Campaign
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