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Women and Children: The Secret Weapons of World War I Propaganda Posters (TEXT and POSTER PHOTOS)

Society & Culture  (tags: WWI, posters, society, culture, family, women, children )

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Armistice Day is a time to reflect upon that defining moment at the end of World War I, at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918, when soldiers stopped shooting at each other along Europe's Western Front.

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fly bird (26)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 4:03 pm
Very interesting war posters. "Enlist" got my attention. Thank you for posting.

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 4:06 pm
I have the two posters I used for the story photo. I'm sure they are reproductions, but a Navy recruiter gave them to me when I was his daughter's Browine Scout Troop leader in the late 1970's.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 4:15 pm
Wow Carrie! You might take them to the Antiques Roadshow, and find out?

Jason S (50)
Wednesday November 6, 2013, 6:37 pm
Good posting, thanks

Jeanne Young (19)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 11:56 am
I confess to being a bit ambivalent about the use of women and children to "guilt-trip" or "shame" men into "doing their duty - - -" Sort of puts a different perspective on misogyny, eh?

Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 3:40 pm
There is quite a bit of difference between the posters of the First World War and the Second World War. Women were needed to work in the factories and run businesses. I guess that is how the poster 'Rosie The Riveter' came about. I do love that poster!!
Thank You Carrie XXX

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:03 pm
The really, really original Rosie the Riveter image, was by Norman Rockwell for a Saturday Evening Post cover.
Rockwell portrayed an immensely powerful Woman Worker, at ease during her lunch break - it was modelled after the Prophet Isaiah as portrayed by MICHELANGELO on the Sistine Chapel ceiling! By commercial {phoney!} standards she was neither "pretty" nor "slender". But very, very real!
The more well-known poster, "We Can Do It", was just issued for a rather small company making aircraft parts, to "encourage morale".
It only became famous much later! The Norman Rockwell image was COPYRIGHTED, and his Estate didn't release it for the Feminist Movement to use.
Fortunately, VERY fortunately, Feminists came across the now-famous poster, a better choice {in my opinion!}, among other reasons because one can make so many variations on it, an older woman, a younger woman, a woman of Color, etc... and the slogan can also be adapted to circumstances...

Lyn Romaine (108)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:33 pm

Glenn B (196)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 4:56 pm

Athena F (131)
Thursday November 7, 2013, 6:50 pm
Thank you
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