An exhibit featuring 40 framed original posters from World War I goes on display Sunday, July 5, at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The Winds and Words of War: Posters and Prints from the San Antonio Public Library Collection features posters by artists such as Charles Dana Gibson and Norman Rockwell. The posters spurred donations, boosted volunteerism and recruitment, and helped build support for the war effort.
World War I posters have long been recognized for their visual power. A pointing Uncle Sam sporting a top hat and demanding “I Want You” remains one of the most recognizable images in American culture.
The exhibit seeks to provide a window into an era and the beginnings of American support for the war known variously as the “Great War,” “the war to end all wars,” and “the war to make the world safe for democracy.” The text that accompanies the posters in the exhibit conveys the sense of urgency as well as the mass marketing effect of advertising a war for the first time in modern history.
The Winds and Words of War, which premiered at the San Antonio Public Library, is made possible by the Stumberg Foundation, The Tobin Endowment, the City of San Antonio Veteran’s Affairs Commission, the San Antonio Public Library Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The exhibit will remain on display through Sunday, August 30. Admission is free.
To complement The Winds and Words of War exhibit, the Central Library is hosting a film series titled War Reels.