Between 1914 and 1918, no other form of popular appeal had such a profound effect on the lives of ordinary people as the poster. Posters were everywhere: in railway stations, in city centres, on buses and on walls.
Bright colours and sharp words leapt out and subliminally influenced people even as they walked down the street. Each nation had its own distinct styles and designs. But the purpose of them all was the same: to bind people together and uphold their consent in the war.
Reproduced in full colour with an introduction by Nigel Steel, IWM’s Principal Historian for the First World War Centenary, this book gives a feel for the dynamism and energy of this popular medium at the highest height of its influence.
It includes many well-known posters produced by the leading nations that took part in the war, comparing and contrasting the to show how the poster emerged, above all, as the world’s most democratic art form.
POSTERS OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR
Recruitment, propaganda, rationing, fundraising – during the First World War posters were used to inform and rally the public as never before. Many of the designs remain icons today, for example Kitchener’s pointing hand or ‘Daddy, What Did YOU do in the Great War?’. This book has those, plus forgotten gems from Britain, Germany, France, Italy and America. A fascinating slice of social history and a wonderful resource for designers.