I’ve been spending a lot of time recently with our collection of posters, mostly propaganda or advertising, as I’ve been photographing them so we can have the images in our database. For some reason, I have always been drawn to posters, especially those with bright, colorful images (as with the ones I shared a few posts ago). So without further ado, here are some of the ones I have been working with this week.
The first poster is a Navy recruiting poster from 1917 and was done by artist Kenyon Cox. The second is a very bright poster that hung in the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company to encourage workers to keep at their work. The clown is a little creepy, but nevertheless, this is a great poster. The third is a Russian poster from 1932 that a fantastic volunteer recently translated for me. I’m not exactly sure why the poster was made, but it might possibly be to celebrate the creation of the Russian Pacific Fleet.