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Friday, May 04, 2012

Photohunters: Advertising and Zap

Advertising campaigns try to zap their viewers with the message.
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I think these old World War I posters illustrate both advertising and zap.
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I would have thought that the next poster was a little risque for the early 1900s but it has been said that all is fair in love and war, although I don't agree with that saying. It almost looks like the woman is wearing her undergarments or at least the type of undergarments worn in the early 1900s.
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From an historical perspective it interests me to see the advertising techniques of the U.S. war office during World War I.
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The reflections made it hard to photograph these posters. In case you can't read the last line on the next poster, it says: leave nothing on your plate.
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I've never thought it made sense to tell children to think of people that are hungry to encourage them to eat everything on their plates. It does make sense to tell them that eating less of certain foods helps if those foods will be sent to the people who need those foods. 
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Click for Sandy's Zap Photohunt and/or click for Gattina's advertising photohunt.

18 comments:

Sue said...

Great collection for both themes! I love these historic posters :)

Denise said...

I love the vintage posters, always enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Mar said...

Very clever combination of the themes. Love the vintage posters, Carver!

advertising ~zap

LifeRamblings said...

lovely photos for both themes. happy weekend.

ewok1993 said...

great collection of vintage ad posters. wow!

Annie said...

Very interesting! Uncle Sam looks intimidating in these. Agree that the underwear girl is risque for the times. The food ones are very strange. And funny because I'd much rather have corn or rice, than wheat!

Hope you have a great weekend!

YTSL said...

Hi Carver --

So true re advertising campaigns trying to zap their viewers with their messages! Also, agree with you that people should be encouraged to eat less, not clear everything on their substantial plates!

Suzy said...

Enjoyed the posters and loved the way you wove Zap into these.

The Indulged Furries said...

Great collection of historic photos and they fit both themes well.

Luna Miranda said...

these are very interesting posters. the messages are straight-forward. great collection for the 2 themes.

Phoenix said...

Wow, what interesting pieces of history! It's really neat to be able to see those, thanks! :)

Gattina said...

Very interesting old ads ! They must have a historical value by now !

JDeQ said...

Amazing how those propaganda posters really worked hard to 'zap' you with their message!

EG CameraGirl said...

These posters are amazing. I love the style of the artwork, crisp yet flowing.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Interesting posters... I wonder how that would go over today?
What can you 'scoop' up next weekend?
~Sandi

Crafty Green Poet said...

what an interesting series of posters!

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Lots of interest historically in your collection -- and of interest with regard to all our eating problems too. Clean your plate! (I was taught that and still have trouble not doing it.)

ancient one said...

Wonderful collection of posters.. and they represent both themes well!