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Why don't I go? The 148th Battalion needs me / Holland.

Why don't I go? The 148th Battalion needs me / Holland.

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Poster showing a man relaxing in a lounge chair, with newspaper open to the sports pages, and gazing into the smoke from his pipe, where he visualizes himself in combat. The man in combat gazes into smoke from a bomb, and visualizes a hockey game. Below are small scenes of recreation and entertainment, including dining, dancing, theater, ice skating, hockey, and baseball.

Canada Royalty Free Stock Photo

During the First World War, Canadian war posters were using bold and short text copy, often along with simple, descriptive images to convey their messages. Heavily word based, they featured sentimental reminders of the need to support "the boys" at the front, viciously drawn attacks on "the Hun" (Germans). WWI period imagery often requires decoding in order to be understood by today's reader. During the Second World War, more picturesque "Buy Victory Bonds!", or "Don't Spread war- rumours" to avoid becoming "one of Hitler's Little Helpers" messages were everywhere. Canada created posters aimed at convincing citizens to join the military or help out on the home front.







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No known restrictions on publication. For information see "World War I Posters," http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/243_wwipos.html

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