World War I and II Posters and Postcards (University of Minnesota Libraries)


ARTstor has collaborated with the University of Minnesota Libraries to distribute approximately 5,700 images depicting posters and postcards from World Wars I and II. Works by artists such as James Montgomery Flagg, James H. Daugherty, Ben Shahn, Gil Spear, Otto Fischer, and others are represented. The collection is international in scope and contains posters from a range of governmental, commercial, and charitable organizations. Subjects include: veterans' benefits, war bonds and loans, military recruitment and morale, civil defense, industrial production, freedom and loyalty campaigns, international welfare organizations, prices and rationing, transportation, health and safety, labor organizations, films and theater, food production, sports and leisure, recruiting of women in military and non-combatant organizations, special events, and anti-war movements.

The University of Minnesota Libraries received an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant to digitize and make available their World War I and II poster and postcard collection.

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Collection information

Total size of collection* 5,737
Percentage of completion 100%
Search terms umn warposters
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* Image totals should be regarded as an approximation until a given collection is 100% complete. Users should also bear in mind that the number of images available to them may vary from country to country, reflecting ARTstor’s approach to addressing an international copyright landscape that itself varies from country to country.

Last updated: April 14, 2010

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