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World War I Poster - Help Us Help Our Boys

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Title:
World War I Poster - Help Us Help Our Boys
Description:
In this World War I poster, a woman in a YMCA uniform smiles at the painter while hanging a poster on a wooden wall. Her poster has a tan background with the words "Help Us Help Our Boys" in red and blue across it. Beneath these words are the YWCA and YMCA emblems joined. The United War Work Campaign was started when President Woodrow Wilson suggested the separate American relief organizations "united their forthcoming appeals for funds." These organizations included the YMCA, YWCA, National Catholic War Council-Knights of Columbus, Jewish Welfare Board, War Camp Community Service, American Library Association, and the Salvation Army. With the full support of the United States government, they planned to raise a total of $170, 500,000 for the week of November 11, 1918 (coincidentally the day when World War I ended), which they would then divide pro rata according to the percentage each of their seven budgets represented. At the time, this was the biggest drive for funds ever attempted. William Haskell Coffin (1878-1941), the artist, was a versatile illustrator who regularly created the covers for Redbook and The American. The distinctive style of his women, later referred to collectively as "the Coffin girl," can be found on note cards, sheet music, calendars, decorative boxes, and fashion catalogs.
Creator:
Coffin, William Haskell
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
Woman
YMCA
YWCA
WWI
Posters
Publisher:
Committee of Public Information Division of Pictorial Publicity
Extent:
71 x 53 cm
Language:
English
Identifier:
SC17018
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