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Books Wanted for our Men

File name: 09_03_000089


Title: Books Wanted for our Men


Creator/Contributor: Charles Buckles Falls (1874-1960)


Created/Published: United States Government Printing Office


Date created: ca. 1918


Physical description: color lithograph


Summary: Book drives for soldiers were instituted soon after America's entry into World War I. Government officials recognized the morale boost that books could provide to troops and asked the American Library Association for assistance in creating, stocking and staffing war service libraries. This striking poster was printed by the U.S. Government Printing Office to further that effort.


Books that met war library circulation needs were distributed directly to the camps, and unwanted materials were sold to second-hand book dealers or sold for scrap. Soldiers preferred novels, tales of adventure, and detective stories. Other popular subjects included travel, foreign languages, history, military subjects and biography. As the end of the war neared, however, requests from the military camps changed markedly. Soldiers requested books on engineering, the trades, business, farming, and other subjects that would help to establish new careers after their return home.


Location: Boston Public Library, Print Department


Rights: No known restrictions.


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Taken on February 10, 2010