Enlist On which side of the window are you? (World War I Propaganda)


Bey, Laura. Enlist On Which Side of the Window Are You? 1917. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA, Chicago, Ill. : National Printing & Eng. Co., 1917. Web. <http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/98503178/&gt;.

Medium: 1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 99 x 66 cm.


The use of the different colors in this poster is significant because it emphasizes Laura Bey’s purpose behind creating the poster. The man standing behind the glass window is an upper-class man compared to the soldiers marching in the fields. Although the man in the suit should feel at peace for not fighting in the war, he does not. Instead this aristocrat feels ashamed and guilty which is why he is standing in the shadows. He would rather go join the army, fight with his countrymen and defend his country. The colors outside of the window are vivid which is used to make the army seem more inviting to join. The window is also a metaphor of the barrier that has been created between the men who stayed behind and the soldiers who are putting their lives in danger to protect their country. The purpose of this poster was to persuade the men to become soldiers to do their duty and serve their country.


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