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"They Signal 'Send Books'" Library Book Drive WWI Home Front Poster by Homer (1917)

"They Signal 'Send Books'" Library Book Drive WWI Home Front Poster by Homer (1917)

Poster features soldiers and sailors using semaphore to signal with flags with the caption, “They signal ‘send books.’” The American Library Association initiated a nationwide campaign to secure two million books. 1,349,000 gift books were sent to camps and stations, and 109,403 selected books were sent overseas. The American Library Association sought out a variety of books and reading materials for the servicemen, including novels, poetry, non-fiction books, training manuals, and magazines. The largest demand was for non-fiction materials that helped servicemen perform their duties and prepare them for obtaining a job back home. There was also a demand for books on French customs, demonstrating efforts by soldiers to try to understand the country they were being shipped to. However, not every book was deemed suitable for the camp library. A listing of banned books circulated through the Library War Service, often at the discretion of the War Department. These books were often considered pacifist, pro-German, anti-capitalist, and pro-socialist, and were thought to be inappropriate for American and allied soldiers. Librarians sometimes received orders to remove such books from circulation and to destroy them (American Library Association Archives, 2019).

Size*: 25.5" x 38"
Condition: Very Good

Rolled. Linen backed. Some wear in the fold lines. Some repair over the word "Books" in black. Bold inks, shows really well.

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Poster Text:  They signal "send books" - Good books left at the Public Library will be sent "Over There" and to our men in camp everywhere. The H.C. Miner Litho. Co. N.Y.
Tags: WWI   Home Front  
Produced by:  The H.C. Miner Litho Co.  
Artist/Designer(s): Homer  
* Sizes are approximate and given in good faith. Sizes are also given for the area of the item itself. Linen backing posters may slightly stretch the poster size, in addition posters often have a larger linen border that extends beyond the poster area. Measurements are for poster alone. Please contact us if you have any questions or you need to confirm exact size.
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