• Creator
  • Butler, John F
  • Created Date
  • 1918
  • Publisher
  • Springfield College
  • Description
  • In this World War I poster, the top left corner of the poster has a portrait of President Wilson, behind which is a landscape with a YMCA canteen at the forefront. There are soldiers relaxing in groups around the building, and smoke unfurling from the chimney. Near the top it reads "Wilson, Taft, Roosevelt and other National Leaders." Below is a lengthy appeal for donations, ending with the total amount of money they hope to raise ($35,000,000... more
    In this World War I poster, the top left corner of the poster has a portrait of President Wilson, behind which is a landscape with a YMCA canteen at the forefront. There are soldiers relaxing in groups around the building, and smoke unfurling from the chimney. Near the top it reads "Wilson, Taft, Roosevelt and other National Leaders." Below is a lengthy appeal for donations, ending with the total amount of money they hope to raise ($35,000,000). In a horizontal banner running along the left edge is a collection of quotes from notable government figures endorsing the fundraising campaign. For a full transcription, see "Text." The United War Work Campaign was started when President Woodrow Wilson suggested the separate American relief organizations "unite their forthcoming appeals for funds." These organizations included the YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic War Council-Knights of Columbus, Jewish Welfare Board, War Camp Community Service, American Library Association, and Salvation Army. With the full support of the United States government, they planned to raise a total of $350, 000,000 for the week of November 11-19, in order to support these organizations through the following Spring. They planned to divide the money pro rata according to the percentage each of their seven budgets represented. At the time, this was the biggest drive for funds ever attempted in the United States. Little is known about the illustrator, but this piece fits into a series of similarly text-heavy posters he designed for the United War Work Campaign's fundraiser. less
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