Nearly every nation used posters to mobilize the home front during WW1. Posters were widely used on the American home front to recruit school, home, community and workplace gardeners, and to encourage food conservation.

This WW1 poster, created by noted artist Edward Penfield, recruited teen aged girls into service as gardeners on the American home front. In a different take on youth gardeners (generally depicted as younger and more cheerful), a brooding young woman dressed in a uniform pushes a wheeled cultivator. Her hair and dress foreshadow the ways in which women would use the war to challenge stereotypes.

The striking visual imagery and rhetoric of this and other posters played into larger themes stressing the nature of American freedom, citizenship, and patriotism. penfield

Read more about posters and propaganda in Chapter 4 of “Sowing the Seeds of Victory”. 

Until next time, “A Garden for Everyone. Everyone in a Garden.”