This is a World War I home front poster done for the Library War Services and the American Library Association. The American Library Association was a Home Front organization whose volunteers supported the American troops — both home and abroad. They were instrumental in the creation of Camp libraries at bases and in providing magazines and books to troops on the front line and serving elsewhere in the world.
In this poster a young soldier stands with a book raised high above his head and a sailor reads a book while seated on the ground next to him. Nearby is copy that reads: "Hey Fellows. Your money brings the book we need when we want it." The text at the bottom reads: "American Library Association. United War Work Campaign - Week of November 11, 1918."
This poster was done by John E. Sheridan, one of a small group of illustrators who brought style and talent to the art of posters. Mr. Sheridan produced covers for The Saturday Evening Post and other magazines.
The dimensions of the green metal frame, which contains the poster, are: 22 ½ x 33 inches. There are some small issues on one side of the poster, as indicated in several of the pictures. This is an authentic poster, not a copy or a reproduction, and came from the estate of a librarian who was given this as a gift upon her retirement.
Item ID: BJA1315