World War I Propaganda Poster–The Lid’s Down! Obey Orders!

This heavy handed propaganda poster from World War I was apparently meant to remind people to follow rationing plans for sugar and other foods. The rationing was used primarily so that the United States could ship food to its soldiers and allies in Europe.

World War I Propaganda - The Lid's Down! Obey Orders!
World War I Propaganda – The Lid’s Down! Obey Orders!

Rudyard Kipling’s “Epitaphs of the War”


If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied.


I could not dig: I dared not rob: 
Therefore I lied to please the mob. 
Now all my lies are proved untrue 
And I must face the men I slew. 
What tale shall serve me here among 
Mine angry and defrauded young?

(via The Poetry Foundation)

World War I Propaganda Poster – Teamwork Wins

Found this World War I-era propaganda poster at the Smithsonian Institute, which notes,

At the onset of American involvement in World War I, President Woodrow Wilson had to persuade the American public that neutrality could no longer be maintained, and that everyone’s constant support and sacrifice were required to win. To do this, he created a task force that produced over 25 million copies of 2,500 different posters. The United States produced more propaganda posters than all other countries involved in the war combined, even though it was only engaged in the war for 20 months.

World War I Propaganda Poster - Teamwork Wins
World War I Propaganda Poster – Teamwork Wins