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WWI Propaganda Posters: The Posters That Sold World War I to the American Public

The United States entered World War I, in 1917 in alliance with France and Great Britain. The U.S. Army had just 133,000 troops and the government desperately needed finical public support, and military recruitments to fight. Congress passed the Selective Service Act, which led to around 2.8 million recruitments by the end of the Great War. Around 2 million more Americans voluntarily served in the armed forces during the conflict.

The U.S. government used propaganda posters to encourage the public to support military activities. These posters were made of patriotic and attention-grabbing slogans, convincing people to support the government and military. These posters were published in newspapers and magazines. In 1917 the U.S. government’s public information committee formed a Division of Pictorial Publicity, and their main goal was to use the advertising techniques in messaging the war news.

Take a look at some of the US WWI posters below.

#1 142 years young and still strong Uncle Sam is going to war

142 years young and still strong Uncle Sam is going to war

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#2 US army needed women too

US army needed women too

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#3 This Liberty loan promotion looked pretty hot in 1917. And it worked!

This Liberty loan promotion looked pretty hot in 1917. And it worked!

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#4 The people of the Rainbow Division helping to win the war by investing into loans

The people of the Rainbow Division helping to win the war by investing into loans

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#5 Country needed a lot of marines and navy recruits

Country needed a lot of marines and navy recruits

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#6 That’s how the emancipation became even stronger in US. Women will get their election right 10 years after WWI

That’s how the emancipation became even stronger in US. Women will get their election right 10 years after WWI

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#7 Another simple and effective US nave poster

Another simple and effective US nave poster

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#8 Liberty is calling. And asking for billions of dollars. You could buy much more for those billions 100 years ago

Liberty is calling. And asking for billions of dollars. You could buy much more for those billions 100 years ago

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#9 Not all of the US citizens knew that the Germany was ruled by the Kaiser during WWI

Not all of the US citizens knew that the Germany was ruled by the Kaiser during WWI

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#10 Investing into was is fun!

Investing into was is fun!

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#11 Another hot lady promoting fight for freedom

Another hot lady promoting fight for freedom

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#12 Supporting soldiers with records? Why not!

Supporting soldiers with records? Why not!

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#13 Santa was involved into propaganda too

Santa was involved into propaganda too

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#14 Have your answers ready poster

Have your answers ready poster

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#15 Boy scouts promoted Liberty loans too

Boy scouts promoted Liberty loans too

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#16 Not all of the US citizens knew about Serbia, but they had to save it

Not all of the US citizens knew about Serbia, but they had to save it

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#17 Everything is important during war times. Corn seeds are needed too

Everything is important during war times. Corn seeds are needed too

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#18 A liitle starving child brought back to life because you went without luxury

A liitle starving child brought back to life because you went without luxury

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#19 How they might have fallen.

How they might have fallen.

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#20 Every Girl pulling for victory

Every Girl pulling for victory

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#21 For every fighter a woman worker.

For every fighter a woman worker.

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#22 A basket of food sits in front of a silhouette of mounted soldiers

A basket of food sits in front of a silhouette of mounted soldiers

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#23 A boy holds a sword labeled ‘Be Prepared’, another person wearing a flag holds a shield behind the boy

A boy holds a sword labeled 'Be Prepared', another person wearing a flag holds a shield behind the boy

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#24 A boy plowing over a battle in the background to recruit young men to join the U.S. Boys’ Working Reserve, ‘the Army behind the Army’

A boy plowing over a battle in the background to recruit young men to join the U.S. Boys' Working Reserve, 'the Army behind the Army'

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#25 A boy waving a flag and a girl stand beside one another

A boy waving a flag and a girl stand beside one another

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#26 A family stands in front of an American flag

A family stands in front of an American flag

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#27 A group of Marines would on a ship

A group of Marines would on a ship

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#28 A man working a ship for the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp

A man working a ship for the United States Shipping Board Emergency Fleet Corp

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#29 A marine carrying a stack of books and a rifle with a bayonet

A marine carrying a stack of books and a rifle with a bayonet

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#30 A Marine stands in front of a vertically hung American flag

A Marine stands in front of a vertically hung American flag

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#31 A member of the Red Cross received a service flag as a memento to display in their window and encourages others to join the Red Cross

A member of the Red Cross received a service flag as a memento to display in their window and encourages others to join the Red Cross

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#32 A nurse holding an American flag as ‘the spirit of America,’ and urges others to join the Red Cross

A nurse holding an American flag as 'the spirit of America,' and urges others to join the Red Cross

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#33 A sailor riding a submersible as if he is a cowboy, with reins in one hand and a whip in the other

A sailor riding a submersible as if he is a cowboy, with reins in one hand and a whip in the other

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#34 A sailor, workman, and soldier walking arm-in-arm on a dock

A sailor, workman, and soldier walking arm-in-arm on a dock

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#35 A shipyard employee lifts an arm into the air while holding a tool

A shipyard employee lifts an arm into the air while holding a tool

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#36 A soldier operating a machine gun holds a hand out towards the viewer

A soldier operating a machine gun holds a hand out towards the viewer

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#37 A soldier runs holding an American flag

A soldier runs holding an American flag

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#38 A soldier with a rifle and bayonet stands over the body of a deceased German soldier

A soldier with a rifle and bayonet stands over the body of a deceased German soldier

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#39 A solider putting down his gear and preparing to cross a bridge of books towards a city

A solider putting down his gear and preparing to cross a bridge of books towards a city

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#40 A U.S. Marine walking along a dock, holding a rifle over his shoulder

A U.S. Marine walking along a dock, holding a rifle over his shoulder

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#41 A waiter looking askance at a glutinous gentlemen, who has ordered five plates of food, none of which he finished

A waiter looking askance at a glutinous gentlemen, who has ordered five plates of food, none of which he finished

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#42 A winged woman wearing a white toga carrying a sword and a branch

A winged woman wearing a white toga carrying a sword and a branch

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#43 A woman carries a large American Flag while standing on a globe

A woman carries a large American Flag while standing on a globe

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#44 A woman extends one arm, holding a wreath, her other hand clutches a flag that is behind her

A woman extends one arm, holding a wreath, her other hand clutches a flag that is behind her

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#45 A woman wearing a dress styled after the American flag holds a basket and sows seeds

A woman wearing a dress styled after the American flag holds a basket and sows seeds

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#46 A woman with gray hair holds her arms out towards the viewer

A woman with gray hair holds her arms out towards the viewer

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#47 A young nurse wearing a Red Cross uniform reaches out to the audience while soldiers march behind her

A young nurse wearing a Red Cross uniform reaches out to the audience while soldiers march behind her

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#48 An American soldier stopping a German soldier from harming a woman and child to convince Americans to buy government bonds

An American soldier stopping a German soldier from harming a woman and child to convince Americans to buy government bonds

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#49 An older man flanked by two young men, bringing in food from a home garden

An older man flanked by two young men, bringing in food from a home garden

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#50 Attractive young woman in flowing white dress holding an American flag above her head as soldiers march by

Attractive young woman in flowing white dress holding an American flag above her head as soldiers march by

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#51 Canned tomatoes, peas, and ‘monarch brand unsweetened,’ to inspire Americans to preserve food through canning

Canned tomatoes, peas, and 'monarch brand unsweetened,' to inspire Americans to preserve food through canning

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#52 Colonial-era celebratory crowd in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA

Colonial-era celebratory crowd in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, PA

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#53 Famous Uncle Sam recruiting image

Famous Uncle Sam recruiting image

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#54 Lady Liberty urging Americans to buy liberty bonds, which would be redeemable for the bond’s purchase price with interest after the end of the war

Lady Liberty urging Americans to buy liberty bonds, which would be redeemable for the bond's purchase price with interest after the end of the war

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#55 Lady Liberty-like figure holding a scale weighing fresh fruits and vegetables and canned preserves, countless women stand behind her

Lady Liberty-like figure holding a scale weighing fresh fruits and vegetables and canned preserves, countless women stand behind her

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#56 Man using a rivet gun in the foreground, and a soldier holding a rifle in the background

Man using a rivet gun in the foreground, and a soldier holding a rifle in the background

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#57 Marines are shown doing multiple training activities

Marines are shown doing multiple training activities

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#58 Marines charge into a battle while French citizens looks gratefully towards them

Marines charge into a battle while French citizens looks gratefully towards them

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#59 Poster encourages Americans to buy Liberty Bonds, saying that USA means ‘You Subscribe At Once’

Poster encourages Americans to buy Liberty Bonds, saying that USA means 'You Subscribe At Once'

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#60 Poster encourages factory workers to work quickly

Poster encourages factory workers to work quickly

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#61 Poster encourages people to buy War Saving Stamps, used by the U. S. Government to pay for World War I

Poster encourages people to buy War Saving Stamps, used by the U. S. Government to pay for World War I

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#62 Poster implies the quickly building ships will help America win World War I

Poster implies the quickly building ships will help America win World War I

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#63 Poster urges Americans to eat fish because ‘they feed themselves,’ unlike land animals

Poster urges Americans to eat fish because 'they feed themselves,' unlike land animals

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#64 Posters shows a U.S. Marine holding a rifle with bayonet that recruiting men to join the U.S. Marines, using the Marine battle cry ‘E-E-E-YAH-YIP’

Posters shows a U.S. Marine holding a rifle with bayonet that recruiting men to join the U.S. Marines, using the Marine battle cry 'E-E-E-YAH-YIP'

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#65 Soldier holding child and woman in his arms

Soldier holding child and woman in his arms

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#66 The Statue of Liberty and a ship pulling into New York Harbor to appeal to immigrants and urge them to buy Liberty Loans

The Statue of Liberty and a ship pulling into New York Harbor to appeal to immigrants and urge them to buy Liberty Loans

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#67 The Statue of Liberty stands in front of a sky colored like the American Flag with text asks Americans to purchase Liberty Loans

The Statue of Liberty stands in front of a sky colored like the American Flag with text asks Americans to purchase Liberty Loans

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#68 The Y.W.C.A. Bureau for Social Education’s campaign to ‘Building For Health’

The Y.W.C.A. Bureau for Social Education's campaign to 'Building For Health'

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#69 Three men in casual suits walking away from a three rifles and a pile of clothing

Three men in casual suits walking away from a three rifles and a pile of clothing

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#70 Two American soldiers fighting in a muddy and barbed wire-filled landscape

Two American soldiers fighting in a muddy and barbed wire-filled landscape

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#71 Two marines on a beach, one waves a flag while the other watches ships through binoculars

Two marines on a beach, one waves a flag while the other watches ships through binoculars

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#72 Two men holding rifles with bayonets run forward

Two men holding rifles with bayonets run forward

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#73 Two men in uniform stand in front of an American flag, with one holding a poster that reads, ‘We Depend On You’

Two men in uniform stand in front of an American flag, with one holding a poster that reads, 'We Depend On You'

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#74 Two men look out towards a body of water while an airplane flies in the background

Two men look out towards a body of water while an airplane flies in the background

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#75 Two men work to build a ship under an American flag

Two men work to build a ship under an American flag

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#76 Two soldiers stand in front of a mountain, one of whom is on a horse

Two soldiers stand in front of a mountain, one of whom is on a horse

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#77 Two white horses pull a cart full of coal with a man shoveling the coal

Two white horses pull a cart full of coal with a man shoveling the coal

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#78 U.S. Marine raising a pistol to his shoulder while standing in front of an American flag

U.S. Marine raising a pistol to his shoulder while standing in front of an American flag

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#79 Uncle Sam pouring out a cornucopia full of fruit and vegetables

Uncle Sam pouring out a cornucopia full of fruit and vegetables

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#80 Uncle Sam shakes hands with two men in uniform. In the background, soldiers walk with rifles and bayonets

Uncle Sam shakes hands with two men in uniform. In the background, soldiers walk with rifles and bayonets

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#81 Uncle Sam with one arm around a young man in uniform, and one arm around an older man holding a War Savings Pledge

Uncle Sam with one arm around a young man in uniform, and one arm around an older man holding a War Savings Pledge

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#82 War Savings Stamps as an ammunition belt, feeding into a soldier’s machine gun

War Savings Stamps as an ammunition belt, feeding into a soldier's machine gun

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#83 Woman casually dressed in a naval uniform

Woman casually dressed in a naval uniform

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#84 World War I poster that urges the American people to make contributions to help Armenians and Syrians in distress

World War I poster that urges the American people to make contributions to help Armenians and Syrians in distress

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#85 Poster that urges Americans to rely on corn in their cooking, allowing wheat to be sent overseas to feed soldiers and European allies

Poster that urges Americans to rely on corn in their cooking, allowing wheat to be sent overseas to feed soldiers and European allies

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#86 Poster urges to American women to buy War Saving Stamps by using Joan of Arc as a symbol of female patriotism

Poster urges to American women to buy War Saving Stamps by using Joan of Arc as a symbol of female patriotism

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#87 Wounded soldier looking towards the horizon where a red cross appears in the sun

Wounded soldier looking towards the horizon where a red cross appears in the sun

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