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'Take Up the Sword of Justice' Poster
Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

"Take Up the Sword of Justice" Poster

Date: 1915
Credit: Armed Forces History, Division of History of Technology, National Museum of American History

Maker

Sir Bernard Partridge (Artist)

Bernard Partridge, born in 1861, was the son of noted anatomist, Richard Partridge. After being educated at Stonyhurst he entered an architect's office and then a firm of stained-glass designers. Partridge began drawing for Punch in 1891. The following year he became a staff cartoonist with the magazine.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 40.5" H x 25.25" W

Physical Description

Four color print on paper.

General History

Posters during World War I and World War II were designed to instill in the people a positive outlook, a sense of patriotism and confidence. They linked the war in trenches with the war at home. From a practical point, they were used to encourage all Americans to help with the war effort. The posters called upon every man, woman, and child to endure the personal sacrifice and domestic adjustments to further the national agenda. They encouraged rationing, conservation and sacrfice. In addition, the posters were used for recruitment, productivity, and motivation as well as for financing the war effort. The stark, colorfull graphic designs elicited strong emotions. The posters played to the fears, frustrations, and faith in freedoms that lingered in people's minds during the war.


Keywords

Country: United States
War: World War I
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