Hoover Archives Poster Collection Back Online

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Poster Collection, RU/SU 121; Russian Pictorial, Envelope AP (Hoover Institution Archives)

"Food is Ammunition--Don't Waste It," 1918
Conserving food and fuel was a constant preoccupation for American civil and military authorities during the First World War. This 1918 poster, circulated by the United States Food Administration under the leadership of Herbert Hoover, encourages American civilians on the home front to cut their consumption in order to have food supplies to send to US fighting forces overseas. Campaigns such as this one helped the US government to avoid implementing official rationing measures during America's 1917-18 military participation in the war.

More than thirty-three thousand posters from the Hoover Archives Poster Collection are back online after a series of system upgrades. The posters represent more than eighty countries and range in date from the late 1800s to the late 1980s. The posters can now be accessed using our online poster database.

The digital poster collection provides keyword and advanced search options as well as the ability to browse by country. The posters are available online as thumbnail images for educational and research purposes. Larger size images of all the posters are available in the reading room.

This poster website is being provided temporarily while we develop a new website for our digital collections.