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.