Posters of the First World War, Paperback

Posters of the First World War Paperback

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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.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 91 pages, colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Imperial War Museum
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Art & design styles: c 1900 to c 1960
  • ISBN: 9781904897873



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This is a handsome little book, with attractive reproductions of almost a hundred World War One posters from many different countries. Commentary is minimal: a three page introduction and no text with the pictures except the artist and in some cases the date, the current location, and/or the commissioning agency. These are wonderful examples of graphic art, and this book provides a hendy and well-priced selection. It would have been very much helped, however, by translations of the text. One can see from the English language posters the importance of the interplay between text, picture, and typography. The message of the non-English language posters is weakened by the lack of translation.