The War on the Walls

Posters from the George F. Tyler WWI Collection

woman drowning while cradling child in her arms
Fred Spear, 1915

This exhibition presents selections from a collection of over 1,500 World War I posters currently housed in Temple University Libraries' Special Collections. It was donated to Temple University by George F. Tyler in 1937. The posters provide a graphic portrayal of Allied propaganda used to educate the public and enlist support for the war effort. In addition, they serve as examples of the art, design, and printing techniques of the period. The selections are accompanied by primary source material and commentary intended to provide additional context, insight, and interpretation.

The Tyler collection was digitized as part of congressionally-directed grants administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. It can be viewed in its entirety as part of Temple University Libraries' Digital Collections.

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