By this time, Gossips readers are well aware that we are living through the centennial of World War I, originally called the Great War because no one imagined there would be a second one. If you're not getting enough World War I spirit from the news items of the period being regularly shared on Gossips, you may want to consider a trip to the Museum of the City of New York between now and October 9 to see Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York. The poster below is part of the exhibition.
"When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, New York City's artists and illustrators were enlisted in the war effort. Many of them worked for the federal government’s new Division of Pictorial Publicity. Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York examines the outpouring of posters, flyers, magazine art, sheet music covers, and other mass-produced images created by these New Yorkers to stir the American public to wartime loyalty, duty, and sacrifice."
The exhibition showcases more than sixty examples from the World War I poster collection donated to the Museum of the City of New York by railroad executive and financier John W. Campbell (1880-1957) in 1943, most being exhibited for the first time, as well as the work of defiant artists in such colorful publications as The Masses, The Fatherland, and Mother Earth.