Women in War and Post War Propaganda
Prior to World War I, propaganda images had yet to exert a broad mobilizing force internationally. At the dawn of the era of modern media, however, propaganda posters emerged as one of the most powerful tools for rallying the masses. In contrast to the current view of such posters as instruments of nefarious manipulation, primarily associated with Nazism and Stalinist Russia, early propaganda posters were seen in their time as playing a democratizing role. They offered a sounding board for the “voice of the people, giving everyone an opportunity to present their point of view.”
Images TOP to BOTTOM: Unknown, WWI postcard (1914/15) with poem: A farewell to the soldiers—The Fatherland calls us to fight. For wife and child, for home and hearth we are ready to fight. | Franz Stassen, 1869_1949 German propaganda poster (WWI).