Tuesday, October 13, 2015

National War Garden Commission - Over the Top

Another clipping from James Lantos' Halloween book, this time a World War I visit to the Victory Garden. Charles Lathrop Pack came up with the idea of the Victory Garden in March of 1917 as a way to increase food production without increasing the amount of US acreage committed to the purpose of agriculture. He joined forces with the General Federation of Women's Clubs and the idea was publicized through newspapers and propaganda posters such as the one shown above. Figures are sketchy, but the estimated food value of crops raised in War Gardens in 1917 was 350 million dollars and 525 million in 1918. I think this poster is the first time I've seen a turnip take a bullet for the cause of freedom.

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