Artifact After Research

WWII-FoodCooper, Frederic G. “Food, Don’t Waste It.” Digital image. Smithsonianmag.com. N.p., 28 May 2010. Web. 22 May 2016. <http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-food-posters-from-world-war-i-and-ii-89453240/?no-ist&gt;.

After deciding that I would analyze the above poster created by Frederic G. Cooper in 1917, I expected it would just be a good visual to use as my artifact. I did not consider the story behind it, nor did I really see what it represented until after doing more research on it. Through research I have found that my artifact represents a time in American history where food may not have been scarce but the ability to buy food was heavily monitored.

The poster was printed in big red letters in order to catch the attention of shoppers entering and leaving grocery stores. The poster includes six bullet points outlining how food should be bought, prepared, and eaten. It encouraged people to buy and eat smart and was a reminder of the need to conserve food during the war. I want to use this artifact because it will allow me to make a point about how the war affected buying and eating habits and can be used to show how the battle front affected the home front during the war. Frederic Cooper is known as a very popular illustrator during the early twentieth century, most known for his “Bighead” cartoons that were featured in many well known magazines. I think using his poster will be an interesting way to demonstrate how soldiers needed civilians just as much as civilians needed soldiers and how that led to major changes that are still seen to this day. Through my research my initial thoughts on the poster have changed a lot. Knowing the artists history and what the poster was meant to represent have led me to believe that it was very important during World War II.