The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects

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    Poster for Art Center Association featuring a nice table setting with earth worms on a plate.
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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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    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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    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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    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.
  • 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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    Poster for the Hennegan Printing Company featuring a paintbrush made of crayons being dipped into a paint can.
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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.
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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.

    Framed original painted poster from the 1924 Kentucky State Fair which won the first place ribbon in the Women's Department, Art and Craft Section.

    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.

    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.

    A haunting depiction of war’s realities used to encourage home front food conservation. The poster reads "Blood or Bread. Others are giving their blood. You will shorten the war- save life if you eat only what you need and waste nothing."

    Food conservation was encouraged on the home front. Poster designed by John E. Sheridan, (1880-1948). Sheridan created works for publications such as: The Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s Weekly, and Ladies’ Home 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-)

    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.
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    Poster for the Kentucky Art & Craft Foundation featuring a poodle in sunglasses. The poster reads "Going to the Dogs: Shelter for the Discerning Canine."

    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).

    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.”

    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.
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