Keep the Home Garden Going!
Created for the United States Food Administration in 1918 by William McKee, this propaganda poster encourages Americans to cultivate homegrown gardens.

These “Victory Gardens,” as they would later be dubbed during World War II, were pushed forward in response to widespread food shortages in war zones and as a method for civilians to do their part for the war effort.

What makes this particular poster stand out from the rest is its allusion to Archibald Willard’s Spirit of ’76, a painting with a similar form created in response to the Civil War.

Carrying on the “Spirit of ‘18” this poster provides a prime example of how the use of familiar allusions or references makes propaganda more accessible to the target audience.

See our whole collection of WWI and WWII propaganda here.
  • Year : 1918
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