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It is nice in the surf, but what about the men in the trenches? Go and help

Date: c 1915
Overall: 758 x 510 mm, 1.25 kg
Medium: Chromolithograph on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00028525
Place Manufactured:Sydney

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    This World War I recruitment poster poster was designed by D H Souter for the Win the War League.The poster sought to evoke feelings of guilt in those who preferred the comforts of home such as body surfing, instead of enlisting and joining their countrymen in the trenches.
    SignificanceThe depiction of body surfing in this poster reflects its popularity as a recreational pastime in Australia by 1914.
    HistoryPosters have long been used as a means to spread ideas and promote causes. During World War I, they were used to generate patriotism, encourage enlistment and spread propaganda. They spoke from a position of authority to unite people in a common cause, addressing a number of home and war front issues including worker productivity, security, food rations and war bonds. Such posters were often displayed in libraries, post offices, schools and factories.

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