“Hunger Knows No Armistice” was one of many posters issued during World War I to encourage support of the war. This poster was commissioned by the Near East Relief, a charity organization formed to support the victims of the Armenian Massacre. In order to help stop the total annihilation of the Armenian population, America sent humanitarians over to the Middle East and set up an emergency fund. The American Committee for Armenian and Syrian Relief was formed in 1915, and was headed by James L. Barton and Cleveland H. Dodge. They managed to raise millions for the relief of the Armenians and, through missionaries in Constantinople, the funds were able to be distributed. When America entered the war the life line was cut, but started again after the end of the war. Between 1915 and 1930, when the operations were not functioning, the NER raised about $117,000,000 in assistance along with food, cloths, and other essentials. The NER is credited with sheltering about 150,000 Armenian orphans and as stated by American historian Howard M. Sacher, “quite literally kept an entire nation alive.” This poster urged a financial response to the massive humanitarian crisis and starvation in Armenia and Syria by creating an emotional and visual appeal of mothers and children starving. This poster was created by American artist M. Leone Bracker. Bracker was an illustrator of primarily advertisements and magazine covers. While the exact publication date is unknown, the poster was mostly designed and published in either 1917 or 1918. The poster was most likely created and reproduced as a cartographic print at the time of it’s distribution.
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