Inspiring a Nation

Inspiring a Nation: World War I Posters of the Philadelphia Sketch Club

February 4 – April 25, 2010

In Posterity Hall

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Philadelphia Sketch Club, the National Constitution Center hosted an exhibition of World War I posters created by Philadelphia Sketch Club artists. The posters were curated by the U.S. Army Heritage & Education Center. Working for the Division of Pictorial Publicity, created by President Woodrow Wilson as part of the controversial Committee on Public Information, Philadelphia Sketch Club artists were part of a national effort to motivate citizens to support the war effort. More than 300 of America’s foremost cartoonists, designers, illustrators, and painters signed up to work for the division, contributing to the government’s efforts to shape and mobilize public opinion.

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"Americans All!" Howard Chandler Christy
 

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"Pro Patria," H. Devitt Welsh