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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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