The Orange Historical Society is holding its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, November 14 from 7 to 9 pm in the cafeteria at High Plains Community Center, Orange Center Road. Guest speaker for the event will be Alex Dubois, Curator of Collections at the Litchfield Historical Society. Dubois will present a program on The Art of War – World War 1 Posters.
Dubois’s presentation will include examples from the large collection of American World War I posters maintained by the Litchfield Historical Society, ranging from widely-distributed government posters (Liberty Loans, United States Food Administration), to posters for relief efforts (American Red Cross), to those created within the Litchfield community (War Rallies, Red Cross chapter activities). These posters will be viewed alongside those produced in Great Britain, France, Germany, Austria, and other participant nations to provide a global view of poster production during the war.
All nations involved in the war faced the problem of raising money. Government agencies turned to posters to sell the war and fill the trenches. By the twentieth century, posters were both an established advertising medium and an accepted art form. Artists, illustrators, designers, students, and schoolchildren across the world turned their talents to poster production. Despite its late entry into the war, the United States alone produced over 2,500 poster designs and printed more than 20 million individual posters.
A brief business meeting will be held prior to the presentation. The program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following Schiff’s presentation.