Original WW1 Fight World Famine The Boys’ Working Reserve, US Dept. of Labor

This poster was created by the U.S. Employment Service, Department of Labor to help with the war effort at home. Due to the shortage of workers in the United States, particularly in the agriculture industry, young boys, 16 to 20 years old, were encouraged to enroll in The Boys' Working Reserve during the summer months to work on farms. This was an attempt to relieve the chronic food shortage in the United States, as well as increase production for export to desperate European allies.

The poster depicts the compelling image of a boy, wearing a United States Boys' uniform, beside a haystack, fighting off vultures with a pitch fork.

Printer: Thomsen-Ellis, Co., Baltimore, New York, Date Created/Published: c. 1917, Artist: Unknown, Medium: Lithograph, Condition: Very good. One tear in the upper left corner measuring 2 ¾". Please see photos., Measurements: 27 ½" x 18 3/4" (70 x 48 cm)

Item ID: L0430

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