War of the Nations, 1919
During the World War I era (1914-18), leading newspapers took advantage of a new printing process that dramatically altered their ability to reproduce images. Rotogravure printing, which produced richly detailed, high quality illustrations—even on inexpensive newsprint paper—was used to create vivid new pictorial sections. Publishers that could afford to invest in the new technology saw sharp increases both in readership and advertising revenue.

The images in this collection track American sentiment about the war in Europe, week by week, before and after the United States became involved. Events of the war are detailed alongside society news and advertisements touting products of the day, creating a pictorial record of both the war effort and life at home. This set includes selections from "The war of the nations: portfolio in rotogravure etchings," published by the New York Times, Co., 1919. (hdl.loc.gov/loc.gdc/collgdc.gc000037), an illustrated history of World War I composed of newspaper rotogravure sections, published throughout the war. They vividly and graphically document the people, places, and events of this important period in history.

Learn more about rotogravures in newspapers during World War I at "Newspaper Pictorials: World War I Rotogravures," www.loc.gov/collections/world-war-i-rotogravures/about-th....
For more information or to ask a question about these newspapers in Flickr, please visit the Newspapers and Current Periodicals Reading Room Web site at the Library of Congress.

Do you have original diaries, journals, photographs, or letters from those who served during WWI? The Veterans History Project in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress offers the ideal opportunity to preserve your family's legacy as part of this important national repository. Learn more at www.loc.gov/vets.
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