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World War I Poster - Back Our Girls Over There

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Title:
World War I Poster - Back Our Girls Over There
Description:
This World War I poster shows a woman in army uniform operating a switchboard. Through the windows behind her you can see a large group of soldiers marching in formation. Below the image are the words: "Back our girls over there" and "United War Work Campaign," along with the Y.W.C.A. emblem. The United War Work Campaign was a combined effort of several organizations, including the Y.W.C.A., to raise money for the war. As the only women's organization in the Campaign, the YWCA's mission was to meet the special needs of women and girls affected by the war. They raised money, recruited war workers, expanded their work in places which already had YWCAs (or "blue triangle houses"), and constructed new facilities in other places. Their facilities included camps for soldiers and centers where young women were mobilized for agricultural, industrial, and government work. The illustrator, Clarence Frederick Underwood (1871-1929), was born in Jamestown, New York, and studied at the Art Students League as well as the Academy of Julian in Paris. He illustrated for the Saturday Evening Post, Ladies' World, and other magazines. He was on the staff of the New York Press and died of cerebral hemorrhaging.
Creator:
Underwood, Clarence Frederick
Date:
1918
Format:
Documents
Location:
Springfield College Archives and Special Collections
Collection (local):
College Archives Digital Collections
Series:
IMLS YMCA Posters;
Subjects:
International Young Men's Christian Association
Young Women's Christian Association
World War, 1914-1918
YWCA
United War Work Campaign
Woman
Radio operator
Telephone operator
Soldiers
WWI
Publisher:
Springfield College
Notes:
The top left corner has very minor damage.
Extent:
71 x 54 cm
Language:
English
Identifier:
SC17021
Link to Item:
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