Original design for the "Be Patriotic" poster
by Paul Stahr, ca. 1917-18
Gouache on paper 27 7/8 " x 20"
Herbert Hoover Library, National Archives
and Records Administration
World War I Posters:Be Patriotic When the United States entered World War I in April
1917, the Federal Government was faced with the monumental task of mobilizing
American society. Early in the war, President Woodrow Wilson appointed
a Committee on Public Information headed by journalist George Creel to
lead the propaganda effort. One way for the government to get out its
message was the poster. Noted artists volunteered their time and talents
to the committee and designed posters urging enlistment in the armed forces,
conservation, industrial mobilization, subscriptions to Liberty Loans,
and other patriotic duties. Paul Stahr's design for "Be Patriotic" is
typical of many World War I posters. It aimed to be spiritually uplifting
and depicted the ideals for which Americans were fighting.