Propaganda Posters of WW1

by Christina

Please click on all the links as you read through this post – there are hundreds more World War 1 propaganda posters to look at. 

When Britain went to war in 1914, it only had a small, professional army. There was no policy of national service in place as there was in countries like France and Germany. Before the introduction of Conscription in 1916, Britain had to rely on volunteers for it’s army, and that’s where recruitment posters came in. Britain produced scores of these – the first were intended to show the glory of war and appealed to those with an enthusiastic and adventurous spirit. Then came posters that urged men to do their ‘duty’, and then some that played on other emotions, like shame and guilt.

 

There Are Three Types of Men  1915

There Are Three Types of Men
1915

 

 

Women of Britain Say 'Go!' by E J Kealey 1915

Women of Britain Say ‘Go!’ by E J Kealey 1915

 

Daddy, What did You do in the Great War? by Savile Lumley 1914

Daddy, What did You do in the Great War? by Savile Lumley
1914

Posters like these proved initially successful but in the end, numbers required for active service in the British Army were such that conscription was introduced. Recruitment posters were still used for the duration of the war, despite the fact that men were now being ‘called up’ rather than being asked to volunteer. From 1917, American war posters also became popular.

Posters were used for other purposes too, including to encourage a thrifty way of living, and to recruit women to fill roles that men would have done before the war, as well as for nursing and house maid roles.

 

National Service - Women's Land Army by Henry George Gawthorn

National Service – Women’s Land Army by Henry George Gawthorn

V.A.D by Joyce Dennys 1915

V.A.D by Joyce Dennys
1915

Women's Royal National Service by Joyce Dennys

Women’s Royal National Service
by Joyce Dennys

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1917

1917

All postcards seen here are scanned from my personal postcard collection and were bought from the Imperial War Museum London, July 2014

 

 

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2 Responses to Propaganda Posters of WW1

  1. Thanks for sharing these. Some of them are familiar but I haven’t seen some if the others. Interesting idea to try to get people to eat less especially when you think of the WW2 posters urging people to “dig for victory” and grow more food

  2. Reblogged this on lit! and commented:
    British propaganda posters during World War I.

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