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Handforth Gallery 
2014 Exhibitions


World War i  PosterDefending America's Freedom: It's Everybody's Job!
Propaganda Posters of World War I selected from the collection of the Tacoma Public Library
March 8 through April 26, 2014

Gallery talk with exhibition curator Robert Schuler - Saturday, April 5 @ 1 p.m.

The U.S. government, as well as all of the nations participating in the war effort, produced thousands of posters during World War I, urging citizens to buy war bonds, ration food, grow victory gardens, limit travel and avoid loose talk

The posters were not only means of justifying involvement to their own populace, but also as a tool to procure men, money and resources to sustain the military campaign.

The Tacoma Public Library's collection was assembled under John B. Kaiser, who served as Library Director from March 1914 to January 1924.  Kaiser was very involved in the community and in the war effort. He actively collected the posters when they were first issued, along with propaganda pamphlets and other ephemera. Read more about the posters.