Opening Day: World War I Poster Exhibit
Monday, June 19 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pmFree
In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, the Medford Public Library and the Medford Historical Society & Museum are offering a series of exhibits and programs on World War I. Visit the library’s new gallery space for an exhibit of World War I posters from the library’s collection.
During World War I, public libraries served as distribution points for government information campaigns. In 1917, the U.S. government’s public information committee formed a Division of Pictorial Publicity that issued hundreds of thousands of posters to promote various government initiatives. During the war, the Medford Public Library was a distribution point for posters, and when the war ended, several hundred of them were left behind.
The library’s poster collection provides a fascinating look at wartime concerns. The posters are graphically striking, many of them designed by famous illustrators. The subject matter covers a wide ranges of topics from recruitment to food conservation to somewhat shocking propaganda. The exhibit will feature examples of many poster campaigns.
The exhibit will be on display through August 25 during regular library hours.