I hope you enjoy this gallery of posters, photographs, images – visual culture – related to wartime gardening efforts. Visual culture is a vital part of understanding gardens – past and present – and the good food movement.
My particular interest is in the posters used to mobilize the American home front to gardening, food preservation and food conservation during World War 1 and World War 2. These posters – actually an earlier form of social media – used in much the same way that “social” technologies are used today – provide cues about life during the era. The posters are not only art, but provide statements about political, social and cultural life in America during a period of crisis.
World War 1 marked the first large-scale use of propaganda posters by governments. Posters, with easy-to-understand slogans and compelling images, were powerful propaganda tools. They were posted everywhere.
Enjoy them on all levels!