Heroic women of France toiling to produce food...Are you doing your part?

Accession Number ARTV00178
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 56 x 35.6 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description chromolithograph on paper
Maker Unknown
Wynkoop Hallenbeck Crawford Co.
United States Food Administration
Place made United States of America
Date made c.1918 - 1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


American First World War poster issued by the United States Food Administration. Printed in sepia it features a central photograph depicting three French Women dragging a large plough. The title frames the image with text beneath incorporating pleas from Dr Alonzo Taylor (then Member for the Board of Trade and Special Advisor to the Food Administrator), Herbert Hoover (then Head of the United States Food Administration later President of United States 1929-1933) and Woodrow Wilson (then President of the United States) for Americans to save and produce as much food as possible to send as aid to Europe. Belgium faced a food crisis in 1914 after being invaded by Germany. Herbert Hoover worked for the Committee for Relief in Belgium (CRB). The CRB became, in effect, an independent republic of relief, with its own flag, navy, factories, mills, and railroads. After the United States entered the war in April 1917, President Woodrow Wilson appointed Hoover head of the U.S. Food Administration. Hoover believed "food will win the war." He established set days to encourage people to avoid eating particular foods in order to save them for soldiers' rations: meatless Mondays, wheatless Wednesdays, and "when in doubt, eat potatoes."

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