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Special Exhibition


 

THE WINDS AND WORDS OF WAR

 

WORLD WAR I POSTERS AND PRINTS

FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE SAN ANTIONIO PUBLIC LIBRARY

 

March 16 – May 17, 2017

 

»I Want You For US Army« - this slogan paired with Uncle Sam's grim glare has been a hallmark of popular culture ever since it first appeared on a recruitment poster for the U.S. Army in 1917. The special exhibition The Winds And Words Of War commemorates the centennial of America's entry into World War I and sheds light on the compelling stories behind 40 iconic recruitment posters. For the first time, visitors outside the United States will be able to experience their potency at the museum THE KENNEDYS.

 

Created between 1917 and 1918, these placards were the cornerstones of the biggest propaganda campaign the U.S. government had ever initiated. The intention was to convince Americans that entering the war was nothing short of a necessity. At the same time, the posters had to lure as many young capable men into recruitment offices as possible.

 

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