12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters

12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters

During World War I and World War II, gardening took on a distinctly martial air. Citizens were encouraged to grow their own backyard produce (dubbed “war gardens” in WWI and “victory gardens” in WWII, which shows how far the art of positive spin had progressed in just a few decades). At the same time, food rationing was in effect domestically to support overseas troops — “An army marches on its stomach,” goes the quote by Napoleon Bonaparte — and citizens were encouraged to think carefully about food waste and watching what they ate.

“It gave everyone a sense of contributing to the war effort, sometimes in the most minuscule ways,” says Dr. Paul Ruffin, Distinguished Professor of English at Texas State University, who has written about victory gardens. “If they could grow a few vegetables, even just to feed their family, that meant they weren’t taking away from national resources. And in many cases, they would grow a sufficient quantity of vegetables they could contribute directly to the war effort.”

Culled from the Library of Congress, some of our favorite food posters from that era. Start a garden and salute.

Grow it Yourself 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

Herbert Bayer, 1943, NYC WPA War Services

food is ammunition 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

John E. Sheridan, 1918, U.S. Food Adminstration

registered war garden 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

J.N. Dingo, 1918, R.R. Donnelley & Sons Co.

can fruits and vegetables 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

J. Paul Verrees, 1918, National War Garden Commission

sow the seeds 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

James Montgomery Flagg, 1918, National War Garden Commission

the fruits of victory 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

Leonebel Jacobs, 1918, National War Garden Commission

clean plate 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

L. Mallory, 1917, New York State Department of Health

food dont waste it 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

Frederic G. Cooper, 1917, U.S. Food Administration

garden 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

A. Hoen & Co., 1917, U.S. Department of Agriculture

war gardens  12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

Stecher-Traung Lithograph Corporation, 1939-45

enlist now 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

Edward Penfield, 1918, Bureau of Education

preserve food 12 Fantastic Victory Garden Posters   Modern Farmer

William Tasker, 1941-1943, WPA War Services Project

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