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    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."
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    A close-up image of the remarque below the landscape, which shows a side profile portrait of Gunter

    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.

    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).
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    Mourning necklace belonging to Ann Booth Gwathmey (1782-1862), married to John Gwathmey (1774-1824) in on 22 July 1800

    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.”
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    Landscape photo of trees and stream in the snow with remarque of Paul Gunter below the photo on the mat.

    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.

    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).

    Helen Purviance of Huntington, Indiana served the first Salvation Army doughnut to a homesick doughboy in France on October 19, 1917. Her Hoosier hospitality caught on. Soon other “lassies” were serving 9,000 doughnuts per day to America’s boys “over there.” Printed in 1918 and designed by George M. Richards (1880-1958).
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    Photo of an African American man standing in the doorway of a small wooden cabin.
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    Photo of Paul and Johanna Gunter having tea at an outside table on a Sunday afternoon. Photo was taken in Louisville, KY on Transit Ave.
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    Portrait of Johanna and Erna Gunter outside on a rocking bench at their home on Transit Ave.
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    Profile portrait of Gunter used to create a remarque

    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.

    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

    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

    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”
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