Full-color poster showing a woman in a white dress playing a drum. There are other women in the background. The text at the bottom reads: The Spirit of Woman-Power, Women Serve Your Country While You Can, Register April 27 - May 4, Woman's Committee of Council of National Defense Michigan Division.
The “The Spirit of Woman-Power” poster was used to encourage women to get involved in the War effort during World War 1. This poster was published in Michigan, as can be seen by the line at the very bottom of the poster “Women’s Committee of Council of national defense Michigan Division”.
The poster was designed by Paul Honore who was a famous artist in the Michigan area at the time. Miss Mina Humphrey who was a state level publicity chairwoman at time organized a competition for the honour of designing this poster. Honore fought off competition from hundreds of other artists who had competing designs. Honore won $100 for his efforts.
The poster had over 10,000 prints in circulation and resulted in huge growth in women signing up to help with the war effort. More can be read about the campaign and the poster at the grand rapids history website.
I Want You - World War One Posters (July 1 2014 – December 21 2015) The years 1914-1918 mark the centenary of World War I, the most devastating global war in history. In the United States alone, over 4,000,000 military personnel were mobilized with 110,000 deaths. Virtually everyone was affected by the war in some way. In recognition of this important event in history, GRPM has selected posters from its permanent collection that demonstrate important issues at the heart of the war efforts.
Posters were a central way for the government to communicate with the public during World War I. The major themes of the posters were: patriotism and justifying the war, the recruitment of men and women for military and labor forces, raising money and resources as well as managing standards of behavior during a time when life was highly unpredictable. Through creative and symbolic graphics with bold messages, posters were considered a force in gaining support and uniting the public in the wartime efforts.
As you view these posters, reflect on the methods employed in creating them. How do the fonts, the word choice and images reinforce the intended message? Do these posters evoke a mood or emotion? Do any of the ideas in these posters conflict with the social and cultural norms of the time?