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Guide to the World War I Posters Collection
1914-1920 (bulk, 1917-1918)
 PR 55-7

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by N-YHS staff; database migrated to Archivist Toolkit by Jennifer Gargiulo, 2016

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Finding aid written in English.

Container List

Series V: Relief Appeals

Scope and Contents Note

Series V: Relief Appeals, includes posters requesting aid for foreign countries, children, soldiers and their families, and animals. United War Work Campaign materials are included.

Subseries V.1: Relief for Foreign Countries

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 32 Build the Jewish Homeland now / Palestine Reconstruction Fund $3,000,000

General note

scene in Palestine

Folder: 32 2 Million / Starving / Armenian Syrian Women Children / 17 cents a day will / Save a life!
1918 (?)
Folder: 32 Your intelligence is your / Biggest asset / Enlist / A call / Recruiting station / the college Christian Association, President's office / for Armenian and Syrian Relief Committee, 1 Madison Ave, NY
1917 (?)
Folder: 32 Starving / Help now

General note

distraught woman over dead baby

1917 (?)
Folder: 32 The fatherless / Children of France

General note

Lady liberty offering aid to war-torn children and adults

1917 (?)
Folder: 32 Italy / Defending / Freedom / and Art / Send your check to the / Italian War Relief Fund / of America 347 Madison Ave. NY / Room 2011

General note

Italian soldier before landscape with Roman ruins

Folder: 32 Printed message of handwriting "Your little friend in Bible Lands / Shushan"

General note

Head of child

Folder: 32 "You won't let me starve will you?" / The opportunity for your Sunday School / 17 cents a day $5.00 a month $60.00 a year will save a life!

General note

Tinted photo of child named Shushan

Folder: 32 You saved them in 1917 / Will you let them starve now? / Here is the beginning of American Jewry's 1918 answer

General note

two helpless children / bombed out village near

1918
Folder: 32 (?) Message in Hebrew

General note

Scene of Palestine (same as poster: "Build the Jewish Homeland Now")

Folder: 32 Lest they perish

General note

Middle Eastern woman with baby tied to back

Folder: 32 Wanted / 2,000,000 / Garments / For Destitute men, women, and children in / Occupied northern / France and Belgium / Under Auspices or American Red Cross
Folder: 32 "The Child at your door" / 400,000 Orphans starving / Campaign for $30,000,000

General note

portrait of Near Eastern Child

Folder: 33 The children of Syria / "Christmas Land" / Appeal for aid to / Presbyterian Sunday Schools

General note

photo of Syrian children; drawing of man on camel in desert

Folder: 33 Don't let them die / You can save them / send contributions to the / Women's Apparel Association / 132 West 42nd Street / New York City / J. Wise, Treasurer

General note

Old woman with child in one arm, dead child on lap

1918
Folder: 33 Help us to help them / American Women's Hospitals / Campaigh for Serbia / and the Near East

General note

A.W.H. soldier ministering a child with baby in arms

Folder: 33 Play the game / It is our duty to respect the / Property of our allies.. .. / Remember! / They have not only lost all / Their possessions but have also / Suffered untold misery
Folder: 33 Help a Greek child / to survive / Contribute to Friends of Greece, INC, 52 East 57th St, NYC

General note

A bleary -eyed Greek child

Folder: 33 President Wilson speaks / for America: / "I welcome and opportunity / to express the satisfaction / I have felt in / the progress / of the Zionist / Movement in the United States"

General note

profile figure of Wilson

Folder: 33 British American War Relief / Headquarters / 5 East 59th St. (pasted on) / New York

General note

Lady Liberty knitting (copyright LC Whitridge)

Folder: 33 Where the victims are / Save the survivors

General note

Map of Near East with statistics of no. of square miles; no. of non-Moslems in area; no. of dead

Folder: 33 For the boys and girls of Syria and Persia / A Christmas offering / From our Sunday schools

General note

map of Near East; 2 red arrows; our Syria Mission (pointing to Jerusalem); our Persia mission (pointing to Teheran)

Folder: 33 Lest we perish / Campaign for $30,000,000 / American Committee / For Relief in the Near East

General note

Middle Eastern girl asking for aid

Folder: 33 Keep me alive / 400,000 / Children starving / in Bible Lands

General note

tinted photo of child

Folder: 33 Give or we perish / American Committee / for Relief in the Near East / Armenia Greece Syria Persia

General note

Near Eastern woman's torso

Folder: 33 Erin's appeal to America / "Help my Irish / Disabled"

General note

Wounded soldier with girl's arm around him asking for helf from Statue of Liberty / NY skyline rear

Folder: 33 American Women's Hospitals / Help women physicians / Fight disease and death / In Serbia and the Near East

General note

Female MD strangling snake to protect child; dying people in rear

Folder: 33 Tired of giving? / You don't know what it is to be tired

General note

woman and child on bombed out rubble (also: "Courtesy of NY Tribune")

Folder: 33 Polish Day / At hero land / December 4th, 1917 / Polish Christmas Festival in the afternoon / Pagent of Poland in the evening

General note

war scene: woman with dead daughter (or sleeping) and boy (possibly weeping) in lap

1917

Subseries V.2: Relief for Soldiers, Sailors, and their Families

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 34 New York Catholic / and Knights of Columbus / War Camp Fund / to help the government with the war

General note

Soldiers before K of C barracks with sign "everybody welcome"

Folder: 34 Proclamation / Ball and Bat fund / Now / For a / "Sacrifice" / for the / boys in the / trenches

General note

Uncle Sam at bat

Folder: 34 War Infromation / No Charge

General note

Uncle Sam in uniform, holding pencil, "ready to give advice"

Folder: 34 Knowledge wins / Public Library / Books / Are / Free

General note

soldier with pile of books on varying subjects; Manhattan skyline in rear

Folder: 34 A million dollars / for / a million books / for / a million soldiers / Camp Library Week / Sept 24 30
Folder: 34 A necessary part / of your equipment / at you camp library
Folder: 34 Get "Smileage Books" / Inside
Folder: 34 Buy "Smileage Books" / Now / they mean / happy offduty hours for / those who fight for us
Folder: 34 What are you doing for / our boys over there / "We must fire all / we can to Northampton's / War Chest Fund"

General note

2 soldiers, 2 sailors, nurse with war chest filled with coins

1918
Folder: 34 Why not advance / Books will help especially those about / the war and the training necessary to win it
Folder: 34 They signal / "Send Books"

General note

soldiers / sailors and semaphore flags

Folder: 34 Empty! Sammy's "SOS" / "Send Over Smokes". / Our Boys in France Tobacco Fund, 25 West 44th Street, NYC

General note

soldier with empty cigarette tin

Folder: 34 Cover design of the book of the hour / The Defender of Democracy / To be sold by the Militia of Mercy for the benefit / of the needy families of our soldiers of the sea

General note

soldier, sailor (both wounded) sharing sword; nurse looking after them; heraldic fondo frame

Folder: 34 American / Godmothers League / for the American Soldiers / in France

General note

a Godmother carrying Red Cross packages; soldiers sitting on hillock near ocean

Folder: 34 Philadelphia's sons by the thousands / are going "over there" / to be united sing / "Music and entertainment are as essential to the soldier / as food and sleep" Pershing
1918-05-02
Folder: 34 Books / for our / soldiers and sailors / leave them here
Folder: 34 Give to the / American / Chocolate / Fund for / US Soldiers / in France

General note

Tubby soldier smiling and patting his tummy

Folder: 34 Books for our soldiers and sailors / a million needed at once

General note

American eagle holding a book

Folder: 34 Books / for our / soldiers and sailors / Leave them here / or take them to / the Public Library
Folder: 34 ABFB / Permanent Blind Relief War Fund / 590 Fifth Ave

General note

Blind soldier

Folder: 34 While he is doing this for us / we must do this for him / that's why / New York Infirmary / for Women and Children needs / $200,000. / 321 E. 15th St / NYC / Campaign Headquarters, Hotel McAlpin

General note

1. Soldier in battle; 2. Nurses tending sick babies and woman in infirmary

Folder: 34 Send Sammy Smileage / $1.00 / Let your soldier see camp shows as your guest / Send him "Smileage"
Folder: 34 The Militia of Mercy / 4 West 49th St, NYC / Authorized by / the Hon. Josepitus Daniels, Secty of the Navy / and by / Commodore RP Forshew / Commanding the Naval Militia of State of NY / to care for the families of the Naval Militiamen

General note

Naval militiaman with wife and 2 kids

Folder: 34 Smileage Books / are passes to camp theatres / Buy one here

General note

Soldier pointing to crowd; soldiers awaiting entry to Liberty Theatre; hand removing $5.00 Smileage cupon book from enevelope

Folder: 34 This is "Soldier's Smoke Week!" / Send a kit of cheer to a lonely / American soldier in France! / Address your contributions to / "Our Boys in France Tobacco Fund"

General note

Soldier smoking cheroot (?) cigar; etherial image of female behind him

Folder: 34 Hold on to / Uncle Sam's Insurance / the strongest, safest and cheapest insurance in the world / Keep it up after you are back in civil life

General note

soldiers, sailor holding US Treasury Dept Certificate of War Risk Insurance

Folder: 34 Now for / some / music / Draft your / Slacker Records / They will go to camp / or overseas through / the National Phonograph Records Recruiting Corps.

General note

soldiers smiling over large record and phono player

Folder: 34 American British French Belgian / Permanent Blind Relief War Fund / for soldiers and sailors / American Saction under the patronage of / Pres. Woodrow Wilson / Headquarters, 590 Fifth Ave, NYC

General note

nurse guiding blind soldier

Subseries V.3: Children's Relief

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 35 The health of the child / Is the power of the nation / April 1918 / Children's Year / April 1919 / for every soldier lost over there , save a baby over here

General note

Band of healthy children on country hill

1918
Folder: 35 Know Where Your Community Fails / Bad Housing / Crowded Schools / Bad Working Conditions

General note

1. Tenaments, 2. Crowded classroom, 3. Factory setting

1919
Folder: 35 Know What Your / Community Does / For Babies / For Young Folks / For Everyone

General note

1. Baby health care centre, 2. The city playground, 3. The community centre

1919
Folder: 35 Home is the First / School of Citizenship

General note

woman and child laundering clothes

1919
Folder: 35 Good Citizens at School

General note

chldren in classroom

1919
Folder: 35 The Good Citizen Plays Fair

General note

children playing basketball

1919
Folder: 35 The good citizen / Does not / Play ball in the street / Uncover sewers.. .. / Break glass.. .. / Use a BeanShooter / Tease Animals

General note

kids on street doing these no-nos

1919
Folder: 35 "In God We Trust" / Washiongton at Valley Forge

General note

GW praying in forest (from the Bronze on the Sub-Treasury, NY)

1919
Folder: 35 We Cannot have privileges / without responsibilites

General note

scales of justice; Rights and Privelidges balancing Duties and Responsabilities

1919
Folder: 35 School Gardens / Turn / Spare Time / Idle Land / Surplus Energy / into / Good Times / Good Things to Eat / Good Health

General note

school garden with children working in it

1919
Folder: 35 This is hard on the motorman / It may prove hard on you

General note

2 children dodging trolley; hitching aride at rear of trolley

1919
Folder: 35 Back to school / drive / Children back in schol / means / soldiers back in jobs / Children's Year / April 6, 1918 / April 6, 1919
1919 - 1918
Folder: 35 The Children's Year / April 6, 1918 to April 6, 1919 / Fathers and Mothers of America! Uncle Sam asks, Are your children / up to standard in their / height and weight?

General note

baby on scale; boy being measured for height

1919 - 1918
Folder: 35 Avoid danger / Look both ways / .. .. Cross only at the crossing

General note

child on curb preparing to cross street

1919
Folder: 35 Protect Public Property

General note

schoolboy carving initial on desk

1919
Folder: 35 Save Money to / Help Yourself and Others / Save for Worthwhile Things / Such As / Travel, Education, Tools, a Bicycle, a Watch

General note

boy buing tickets for bat trip for himself and a friend on crutches (trip up Hudson to West Point, Newburg, Pughekeepsie, or Albany)

1919
Folder: 35 Make Your Quarter / Buy a Quarter's Worth

General note

"boy" with head of quarter buying merchandise

1919
Folder: 35 "Waste is Worse than Loss" / Thomas A. Edison

General note

woman in kitchen; all three burners aflame on stove; water pouring from sink spigot; 1/2 loaf of bread dumped into garbage

1919
Folder: 35 Your City is Your City / Keep it Clean / Find the Good Citizen

General note

man spitting; man tossing paper; boy dumping orange peels; boy throwing bananna peel into garbage bin

1919
Folder: 35 Cleanliness / "Begins At Home"

General note

boy swatting flies; girl washing dishes

1919
Folder: 35 Everyone respects a tidy / Girl and boy

General note

boy shining boots; girl whisking curtains

1919
Folder: 35 Your Body / Is Your Mind's House. / Keep it Clean

General note

boy washing at sink

1919
Folder: 35 Do You Know / What Place This Is? / Who Works Here? / What is Done Here?

General note

US Capitol Building

1919
Folder: 35 Children's / Year / Send aid / to the Mayor's Committee of Women on National Defense

General note

Big smiling baby; NY waterfront rear

1919 - 1918
Folder: 35 Know the History / of / Your Country

General note

3 "rings:" 1. Past conditions / history, 2. Present problems / cures, 3. Future reforms / ideals

1919
Folder: 35 A Knowledge of English / is the Gateway / to / American Life / American Citizenship / American Ideals

General note

family of immigrants opening door marked "English Language" to scene of America

1919
Folder: 35 The good citizen / Works for public health

General note

children quaranteened at home; "measles here" sign on door

1919
Folder: 35 The good citizen / Is careful with matches

General note

firemen at burning building

1919
Folder: 35 Be a Good Neighbor / Cover the Garbage / Tie Up Papers

General note

man entering a bakery; papers strewn on sidewalk; flies on uncovered bin of garbage

1919

Subseries V.4: Animals' Relief / American Red Star Animal Relief

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 36 "Help the Horse / Save the soldier" / Please join / The American Red Star Animal Relief / National Headquarters, Albany, NY

General note

Soldier hugging wouldned hosrse before bombed out house; picture labeled "Good-bye, Old Man"

Folder: 36 American / Red Star / Animal Relief

General note

Red star

Folder: 36 Help him to help us! / Help the / horse to / save the / soldier /The American Red Star Animal Relief / National Headquarters, Albany, NY

General note

Uncle Sam leading a horse; red star

Subseries V.5: United War Work Campaign

Container 1     Title Date
Folder: 37 For / your /boy / United War Work Campaign / November 11 18

General note

2 soldiers resting over coffee; YMCA sign rear

1918
Folder: 37 If you only knew! / How much joy your / dollars bring "over there" / You'd give and give / and give!!! / United War Work Campaign, Nov 11to 18

General note

Soldeir with hot coffee, sandwich / logos of different participating organizations

1918
Folder: 37 A Club Dinner / The Spirit of / War Camp / Community Service / United War Work Campaign

General note

Sailors at dining tables; Chinese scrolls on walk-rear

Folder: 37 Songs of today / And yesterday / The Spirit of / War Camp / Community Service / United War Work Campaign

General note

Sailors around elderly lady playing the piano

Folder: 37 Every girl pulling / For victory / Victory Girls / United War Work Campaign

General note

Woman rowing a boat

Folder: 37 Back our Girls over there / Y.W.C.A. / United War Work Campaign

General note

Wman in unifrom at switcboard; troops in rear

Folder: 37 See him through / Help us to / help the boys / National Catholic War Council / Knights of Columbus / United War Work Campaign Week of November 11, 1918

General note

Man in K of C uniform; soldiers in battle

1918
Folder: 37 Workers / Lend your strength / to the red triangle / heltp the "Y" help the / fighters fight / United War Wrk Campaign November 11 18

General note

Laborer carrying slap labeled YMCA; fighting soldier rear

1918
Folder: 37 When the boys come home / While I was over there / what were you doing here? / Students of America / How will you answer him? / United War Work Campaign Nov 11 1 8

General note

Soldier facing student wearing mortarboard

1918
Folder: 37 Jewish Welfare Board / United War Work Campaign / Week of November 11, 1918

General note

Soldier carrying Torah, hebrew books; box on his shoulders with music and violin

1918
Folder: 37 I gotta make that train! / Nix on the / A.W.O.L. / Oh, you hospitable New Yorkers don't let / your uniformed guests overstay their passes / New york War Camp Community Service, 5 East 40th Street, Murray Hill 8210.

General note

Soldier running to make his train

Folder: 37 A million boys behind / a million fighters / Every American boy / should enroll in the / Victory Boys / United War Work Campaign November 11 18

General note

Soldier with bayonet; boy behind him with arm on his shoulder

Folder: 37 Civilians / when we go / through this / we need all the / help and comfort / you can give / the Jewish Welfare Board / United War Work Campaign, Week of Nvember 11, 1918

General note

Soldier in battle; Jewish star

1918
Folder: 37 (Tribute to YMCA) I wish unreservedly to commend its work for the army / Pershing / United War Work Campaign, Nov 11 18, 1918

General note

Portrait of Pershing; YMCA's red triangle

1918
Folder: 37 The Jewish Welfare Board / United War Work Campaign, Week of November 11, 1918

General note

Soldiers welcoming Jewish family into Jewish Welfare building

1918
Folder: 37 Home hospitality / the Spirit of the / war camp / community service / United War Work Campaign

General note

Soldiers at meal with a civilian family

Folder: 37 Invitations to homes / and entertainments / the spirit of / war camp community service / United War Wrok Campaign

General note

Soldiers and sailors surrounding a lady at a table writing notes

Folder: 37 Oh, Boy! / That's the girl! / The Salvation Army Lassie Keep her on the job / United War Work Campaign Nov 11 18

General note

Salvation army woman distributing doughnuts to soldier

1918
Folder: 37 New York will give / "One / Day's / Pay" / To the United War Work Campaign / "Leave it to Little Old New York!" / New York's share is $35,000,000. / United War Work Campaign
1918
Folder: 37 "Hey Fellows!" / Your money / brings the / book we / neeed when / we want it. / American Library Association / United War Work Campaign Week of November 11 18, 1918

General note

Sailor reading; soldier distribuiting books

1918
Folder: 38 7 in 1 / Our / boys / health / then / home
Folder: 38 This Synogague / is behind / the United / War Work / Campaign / for the boys / over there
Folder: 38 United / we / serve / YMCA / National Catholic War Council / K. of C. / Jewish Welfare Board / War Camp Community Service / American Library Service / Salvation Army

General note

Number 170 at corners of 'plaque' with above listing

Folder: 38 7 in 1 / United War Work Campaign
Folder: 38 United War Work Campaign / Honor Roll

General note

Honor Roll of 100 numbered lines / War Work logo above

Folder: 38 7

General note

Huge 7

Folder: 38 Our war workers bring the only / touch of home comforts to the / boys over there GIVE! / United War Work
Folder: 38 7 in 1 / Give! / One year / to get our / boys home / keep them well
Folder: 38 Doesn't your heart tell you to make a / little sacrifice toward helping over / there? Obey the impulse now! / United War Work
Folder: 38 7 in 1 / Give! / To keep / our /boys / clean / and /healthy / then / home
Folder: 38 Take your place in the great / crusade! Give until you experi / ence the joy of giving!! GIVE NOW! / United War Work
Folder: 38 All the money you will take with / you into the next world is what / you give in this one GIVE NOW / United War Work
Folder: 38 Can't you see the boys over there amidst / the mud and blood and hell of war, the cold / and fatigue and homesickness? You can furnish some relief / Give all you can! / United War Work
Folder: 38 Turn your dollars into saviors! / Buy good influences for the / boys over there! GIVE! / United War Work (printed upside down)
Folder: 38 Mere dollars are turned into golden / sunshine in the hearts of the boys / over there by our war workers GIVE / United War Work
Folder: 38 Their very souls cry out for a little / taste of home. You can supply it / through our war workers GIVE! / United War Work
Folder: 38 7 Morale
Folder: 38 Every cent you give helps bring some / home comforts to our boys overseas / The Bronx quota is $650,000 / Lets double it! / Give in the Bronx / Give where you live / United War Work Campaign
Folder: 38 Victory award / Pledged / Amount paid

General note

"thermometer" with slogan "watch it go up" (triangular shape)

Folder: 38 This Church / is behind / the United / War Work / Campaign / for the boys / over there
Folder: 38 Your dollars will buy loving kindness kelp / fullness, sympathy, warmth, good cheer for / the boys over there in the trenches GIVE / United War Work
Folder: 38 Give! / United War Work Campaign
Folder: 39 My patriotic duty / Is / Red Cross work / At the / ___ on ___ / If / I fail / He dies

General note

2 RC nurses and a wounded soldier

1918

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