The National Museum of the United States Navy presents a special exhibit in commemoration of the World War I centennial. “Over There: World War I Posters of the U.S. Navy” features more than twenty posters that were used for recruitment, support, propaganda, and advertising and brought forth the ideas and values of a nation. The exhibit is on display April 6–September 4, 2017 in the museums temporary art gallery located on the Washington Navy Yard at 736 Sicard Street, SE. The museum is free and open to the public.
World War I began in July 1914 drawing in the great powers of the world with the exception of the United States which tried to remain neutral. After political events and attacks on our interests, the United States entered the war in 1917. Recruitment was essential for maintaining a fighting force. The call to arms promoted patriotism, a willingness to serve, advancement in education or travel opportunities. During World War I, all of these incitements were put on display with poster slogans such as “America Calls,” “I Want You for the US Navy,” “Follow the Flag” and “Come Along, Learn Something, See Something.”