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Huntsville & Decatur

Over the Top: American Posters from World War I

July 24, 2016 to October 09, 2016 in Huntsville , AL


During World War I, illustrated posters inspiring public support served as a primary mechanism of mass communication. Designed to rally Americans to the cause, the persuasive visual symbols employed bold graphics, strong imagery, and concise commands to inspire a sense of nationalism and pride. Imbued with iconic symbols like the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, and the American flag, posters were installed throughout the country as prominent reminders of the need for support. "Over the Top" includes 44 original posters created by major American illustrators including J.C. Leyendecker, James Montgomery Flagg, and Howard Chandler Christy. The exhibition offers compelling perspectives on the American experience during this dramatic time in our nation's history. Organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA.