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Knowledge wins. Public library books are free

File name: 07_01_000052


Title: Knowledge wins. Public library books are free


Creator/Contributor: Smith, Dan, 1865-1934 (artist); American Library Association (sponsor)


Created/Published: Designed and printed by Thomsen-Ellis Company, Baltimore, New York


Date issued: 1918 (approximate)


Physical description: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color


Summary: This American Library Association poster uses an image of a soldier climbing a bridge of books to a city in the distance to promote the importance of reading and education.


Genre: War posters


Subjects: Libraries; Economic aspects of war; Liberty


Notes: The American Library Association produced this poster as a part of its "Books for Sammies" campaign to send books to soldiers. In WW I, the English called American soldiers "Yanks" or "Sammies" for Uncle Sam. Thousands of these posters were displayed in libraries and expanded the libraries' visibility and their role as community centers by participating in wartime initiatives.


Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department


Rights: No known restrictions


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Taken on October 10, 2008