Classic patriotic poster art of the First World War




One day this week three of us — Lora Prill, Mary Beth Knight and Brad Warthen — played hooky and went to check out the very cool exhibit of World War I posters at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum.

The posters provide a rare look at a nearly forgotten art form, one that our country used to great effect to recruit soldiers and sailors, sell war bonds and keep up the martial spirit on the home front.

Of course, there’s always one in the crowd who isn’t satisfied just to look. Like a Gamecocks fan going to the football game decked in garnet and black, Brad wore his treasured WWI poster tie, pictured at right, which among other things prominently features the most famous poster of the period — the Uncle Sam “I want YOU for U.S. Army” — an original of which was on display as part of the museum’s exhibit.

Anyway, the exhibit — called “Answering the Call: American Victory Posters from the First World War” — is impressive, and you should definitely go check it out. It will be on display at the museum through December.