WWI Propaganda Poster ”His Home Over There – YMCA”



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SKU: 40475
Medium/Material: Linen backed
Height: 99cm  (38.98in.) Width: 66cm (25.98in.)

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Poster realized in 1918 by the American artist and painter Abert Herter (1871–1950). The main theme in this poster is the United War Work campaign, which asked Americans to contribute money to a huge voluntary effort toward aiding soldiers and sailors in World War I. The Young Men´s and Women´s Christian Associations provide recreational activities, shelter, transport, group activities, sports, and fellowship to the men fighting for the country. This poster depicts a YMCA shelter, which resembles a quaint home in the woods, as being His Home Over There. The ideology of separate spheres is clearly portrayed by the men walking towards the lit–up shelter. Separate spheres is the notion that men are expected to work outside of the home in the public sphere, while women stay at home in the private sphere. The poster implies that by contributing money toward the United War Work campaign, donors are giving the men the opportunity to walk into the comfort of the private sphere.

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