One of the most important resources that I have found so far was the propaganda poster by Mildred Moody titled, “Even a dog enlists, why not you?” This image was found in the HRC: WWI Poster Collection archive from GWU. I feel that this will provide most of the information I am going to need to make my argument for animals in propaganda. The specific use of an animal makes it an important resource, but the text accompanying it proves to be just as important. I can rely on this specific image multiple times throughout my paper, as it provides a backstop image that references the main question directly.
The text refers directly to the dog and to the people not enlisted in the military. This begins the process of comparing and contrasting the symbol of dogs to humans, which will be a crucial part of my research topic. The entire argument generally is: What is the significance of using images of domesticated animals (dogs and cats) in war propaganda? So the specific route will include the symbolism involved, which the image exemplifies.