The World War I posters collection contains twelve French posters regarding the Great War circa 1914 to 1918.
Biographical / Historical
World War I inspired Europe's second poster craze, or affichomania, in a span of fifty years. The first took place during the last part of the nineteenth century, when new printing technologies allowed artists to move beyond small, single-color, and text-based broadsides. Due to their mass-producibility and affordability, posters produced during the Great War in Europe were also especially attractive to collectors, who considered the image as important as the text for the poster's meaning.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The World War I posters collection was donated to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on an unknown date by an unknown donor.