The Smithsonian Institute has an online exhibit of some of the food posters from World War I and World War II that are in the archives. The sayings on the posters are sometimes common sense like this one about not wasting food. Some are studies in propaganda like this one about how democracy will be doomed without the sharing of bread.

Others are just sort of silly like this one about replacing wheat with potatoes. There are 12 posters in the online exhibit. Pop over and check them out. It’s a little bit of history, a little bit of art, and a lot of food for thought. 

Thanks to Marion Nestle and her Food Politics blog for pointing it out to me.

Image: State Poster from Louisiana c. 1917 from

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Online exhibit of World War I and II food posters
Posters let patriots know that wasting bread is disloyal and canning food gets rid of worry.