World War I Poster - Keep'em smiling!
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A United War Work Campaign poster. The top half shows an illustration of a smiling marine with his arms around a soldier and a civilian. Below it says: “keep’em smiling! Help War Camp Community Service.” The bottom left has the “War Camp Community Service” emblem and the text “‘morale is winning the war.’” 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 YMCA, the YWCA, 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 “better” sources of entertainment, such as movies, theaters, libraries and museums, swimming pools, gymnasiums, athletic fields, and clubs. They also secured invitations to local homes, thereby allowing soldiers to meet chaperoned girls of high society. Their goal was to prevent the spread of venereal diseases by providing alternative entertainment. Leone M. Bracker, the artist who drew the picture on the poster, was an American visual artist who was born in 1885 and died in 1937. He appears to have illustrated several books such as A Man in the Open (1923) and The Iron Trail (1913). The bottom left-hand corner is missing and the darker lines are acid damage from stacking paper on the poster. There is a duplicate in better condition (SC16978).
|Bracker, M. Leone (1885-1937)|
|Springfield College Archives and Special Collections|
|United War Work Campaign|
|World War, 1914-1918|
International Young Men's Christian Association
War Camp Community Service
United War Work Campaign
Commissions on Training Camp Activities
Playground and Recreation Association of America
American Library Association
Knights of Columbus
Jewish Welfare Board
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