Food preservation was vital to the nation during WWI. Good message for today?

Food preservation was vital to the nation during WWI. Good message for today?

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.

I write short blog pieces about some of the posters. You can also find postings and images at my Victory Grower Facebook page. I’ll rotate the images on this page.

Enjoy them on all levels!