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“Farm To Win Over There” was one of many posters issued during World War I to encourage support of the war. The U.S. Boys’ Working Reserve was a registered army of patriotic youths between the ages of sixteen and twenty-one. This group was a non-military civilian army organized under the U.S. Department of Labor to help win the war by means of factory or field. The U.S. Department of Labor started giving war service medals known as the “Federal Bronze Badge.” The boys’ ambition to earn this badge was high as it bore the United States seal and the inscription, “Boys Working Reserve, USA.” Badges could only be earned in one of three units: agriculture, vocation, and industry. Farming became a popular way to earn the coveted badge. Requirements included working on the farm for more than thirty-six days and rendering satisfactory service. This poster features a silhouette of a man plowing a field while the remaining scenery contains two soldiers aiming a cannon aiming at the fiery ruins of a church. This poster instilled a patriotic duty in American boys to join the U.S. Boys’ Working Reserve and serve for the Allied victory. This poster was created by Adolph Treidler in 1918. Treidler was an American artist and illustrator known best for his advertisement work and his propaganda posters. This poster was created and reproduced as a lithographic print at the time of its distribution.


WWI, poster, U.S. Boys' Working Reserve, lithographic print