The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects

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  • FilsonCovidPosterKeithRose.jpg

    Keith Rose created this poster for the Kentucky COVID-19 Poster Project. The poster design is inspired by WWI propaganda. The poster features a soldier, wearing a medical face mask, saluting. The text reads: "True American Patriots Wear a Mask for their Country/ For Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness!"

    Keith Rose was born and raised in Cynthiana, Kentucky. Rose finds freedom and self-expression of his queer identity through art. Rose is a resident of Louisville and is active in the local art community.
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    Artist Mallory Lucas created this poster, titled "Will You Fight Now or Wait for This?", for the Kentucky COVID-19 Poster Project of 2020. Lucas based the design of this poster based on a World War I propaganda poster. The poster discusses issues of police brutality, racial violence, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Mallory Lucas is a printmaker who is inspired by 20th century war posters and other print objects. She derives inspiration generally from cultural objects of the distant past. Lucas explores themes of otherness, social injustice, and social exclusion in her prints.
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    Artist Amaiya Crawford created this poster, titled "Remembrance and Care", for the Kentucky COVID-19 Poster Project of 2020. This poster explores and obfuscates the unique lense Black women are viewed through in American society. The woman in the work wears a medical face mask and is surrounded by flowers and the hands of other people.

    Amaiya Crawford is a Louisville artist who explores the human condition, particularly the experiences of Black women in modern American society. Her work seeks to allow the viewer to understand her art through their own unique lens of understanding.
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    Artist Ted DeSanto created this poster, titled "I Done Gone Viral #2" for the Kentucky COVID-19 Poster Project of 2020. The poster is a multi-media work discussing the medical and cultural aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Tad DeSanto is a 73-year-old self taught artist. His art focuses on the absurdist aspects of 21st century American life and culture.
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    The artist Patricia Fulce-Smith created this poster, titled "Six Feet Apart -- Or Apart?" for the Kentucky COVID-19 Poster Project of 2020. This poster uses a variety of visual cues to discuss social, economic, and cultural issues of 2020. These cues include, but are not limited to: COVID-19, racial injustice, Black Lives Matter, Breonna Taylor, face masks, and social aspects of pandemic protocol like social distancing.

    Patricia Fulce-Smith was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, and moved to Louisville in 2003. Fulce-Smith is a multi-media artist and her art primarily depicts women and girls. She is a member of the Louisville Visual Arts Association (LVAA) and has created several murals around Louisville, as well as being an artist for a children's book on Kentucky women.
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    This poster created by Louisville artist Shae Goodlett, titled "Remotely Present", was created for the Kentucky COVID-19 Poster Project in 2020. The poster uses visual cues, such as the Apple Macintosh logo, elementary school teaching materials, and a Microsoft Teams call toolbar to make a statement about online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Shae Goodlett is a local artist in Louisville, Kentucky. His art is inspired by pop culture, song lyrics, and personal nostalgia.
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    Artist Arte Chambers created this poster, titled "What Makes Us Great", for the Kentucky COVID-19 Poster Project of 2020. The poster conveys thoughts about 2020 social issues, including racial injustice, white supremacy, and COVID-19 health protocol. The poster conveys the opinion that health, particularly wearing a face mask, is what makes America great, rather than hate or fear, represented by a Ku Klux Klan mask and a balaclava, respectively.

    Arte Chambers is a printmaker and attended Indiana University Southeast for printmaking. His style is influenced by comics and video game manuals. The themes of his art pieces are inspired by American social issues, social disruptions, and dialogues about human issues.

    Providing morale and welfare services for the military, the YMCA operated 1,500 canteens in the United States and France; set up 4,000 YMCA huts for recreation and religious services; and raised more than $235 million for relief work. Designed by Albert Herter, (1871-1950).

    YMCA poster featuring the portrait of General John J. Pershing by S.J. Wauk. Text reads “‘A sense of obligation for the varied and useful service rendered to the army in France by the Y.M.C.A. prompts me to join in the appeal for its further financial support. I have opportunity to observe its operations, measure the quality of its personnel and mark its beneficial influences upon our troops, and I wish unreservedly to commend its work for the Army.’ – Pershing — United War Work Campaign – November 11-18, 1918”. Text below image states “Message was cabled from France on August 21, 1918”. This poster was produced by the Committee of Public Information’s Division of Pictorial Publicity.

    Artist Arthur William Brown (1881-1966) illustrated for the Saturday Evening Post and created illustrations for the short stories of authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis. This poster was produced by the Committee of Public Information’s Division of Pictorial Publicity.

    The war opened a variety of employment opportunities to women. A 1918 YMCA “War Work for Women” pamphlet cited 1.5 million women engaged in “War Orders.” This YMCA poster by Clarence F. Underwood (1871-1929) illustrates a Signal Corps worker. Known as “Hello Girls” these women wore military uniforms and conformed to military law but were considered civilian military employees.

    American Red Cross poster illustrated by Haskell Coffin (1878–1941). Features a Red Cross nurse with outstretched hands. Text reads “Third Red Cross Roll Call”

    American Red Cross poster showing a nurse in the fore depicted in the style of Virgin Mary and an oversized red cross with text that reads “Make Our American Red Cross In Peace as in War — ‘The Greatest Mother in the World’ — Third Red Cross Roll Call Nov. 2-11, 1919.” Illustrated by A. E. (Alonzo Earl) Foringer, (1878-1948).

    Successor of the “Gibson Girl,” Howard Chandler Christy’s (1873-1952) interpretation put his leading lady into wartime service for the United States Navy, Marines, and Red Cross, as seem here. Christy would become one of the Jazz Age’s most popular portrait painters

    Illustration by M. Leone Bracker (1885-1937) of three smiling servicemen and bearing the inscription “Keep ’em Smiling! Help War Camp Community Service – Morale is Winning the War – American War Work Campaign.”

    Steeped in propaganda, Joseph Pennell’s (1872-1926) work for Fourth Liberty Loan depicted terror at America’s shores. Despite the fact that aircraft of the time weren’t making overseas journeys, the poster was effective—two million copies were printed and distributed

    The American Committee for Relief in the Near East (ACRNE), as it was then known, raised funds for Middle Eastern and African countries. In the early 20th century nearly one thousand Americans volunteered to travel overseas and raised more than $100 million for direct relief. This specific poster refers to the Armenian genocide of 1915-1923.

    Prior to WWI America’s army wasn’t the super power that it is today and was thought by much of the world to be weak. Here an American soldier unsubtly disproves this notion. Artist Vic Forsythe (1885-1962) worked for William Randolph Hearst at the New York Journal.

    Poster for the Victory Liberty Loan campaign this one depicts a solider home from battle, embracing his family. By artist Alfred Everitt Orr (1886-)

    A non-combatant wearing Liberty Loan buttons. Designed by Gerrit A. Beneker (1882-1934) for the Victory Liberty Loan campaign, which was the fifth and final Liberty Loan drive. The “job” to be finished, was that of fund raising to pay for the war.
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