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Object: Poster, ’His Home Over There’

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Title Poster, ’His Home Over There’
Production Herter, Albert (artist), 1918, United States
Committee on Public Information (commissioner)
Medium summary Colour lithograph on paper mounted on cardboard
Materials ink, paper, cardboard, animal glue
Classification political posters
Technique colour lithography
Dimensions Overall: 1015mm (Height) x 683mm (Length)
Credit line Gift of Department of Defence, 1919
Registration number GH014066

Support for the United War Work Campaign

This First World War loan poster was created by the United States Committee on Public Information to advertise and raise support for the the United War Work Campaign. This American private organisation coordinated fundraising for seven welfare societies providing services to servicemen overseas: the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA), the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA), the National Catholic War Council, the Jewish Welfare Board, the War Camp Community Service, the American Library Association, and the Salvation Army. They were authorised by the Secretary of War and the Secretary of the Navy to work for soldiers and sailors in and near their camps.

The YMCA was also one of many civilian organisations that supported New Zealand soliders during the First World War. They provided a wide range of services including the distribution of comfort items to soldiers, and the provision of hospital canteens, reading rooms for men serving abroad.

British and American Posters in New Zealand

This item is part of a collection of First World War posters sent to New Zealand as examples of British and American propaganda. From 1917-1919, the Dominion Museum (now Te Papa) collected such war material with the help of the New Zealand High Commissioner in London and the Department of Defence.

The museum intended to collect and display such objects in a planned national war museum in Wellington which never eventuated. Instead, the museum toured over 100 war posters around New Zealand in the early 1920s in the context of increasing commemoration of the war during peacetime. For many, the posters illustrated important aspects of the war and the history of New Zealand's part in the war. This commemorative function was far removed from their original function to encourage wartime contribution.

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