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Fighting talk: America's WWI-era posters

Gallery: From recruitment drives to war relief efforts – a selection of First World War posters archived in the Library of Congress.
Jan 16th 2012, 7:00 AM 2,409 3

THE US DECLARED war on Germany in April 1917 after several American merchant ships were sunk by German forces.

Hundreds of posters were printed and distributed in the US between then and the formal end of war in November 1918.

Recruitment drives for military and medical units including the army, navy, signal corps, and the veterinary corps were advertised, and fundraising efforts for the military through war bonds were promoted.

Posters also urged people to save food and goods which could prove useful to the military, and encouraged people to help the war relief effort for those living in war-torn countries overseas.

Here is a selection from the many posters archived in the US Library of Congress:

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