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Poster: The Girl on the Land Serves the Nation's Need - Apply Y.W.C.A.
Poster: The Girl on the Land Serves the Nation's Need - Apply Y.W.C.A. - Land Service Committee

1918
24 3/4 x 30 in. (62.9 x 76.2 cm)

Edward Penfield
American (Brooklyn, NY, 1866 - 1925, Beacon, NY)

Full Title:Poster: The Girl on the Land Serves the Nation's Need - Apply Y.W.C.A. - Land Service Committee
Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color lithograph
Credit Line: Marion Stratton Gould Fund
Accession Number: 1972.66
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Location: Not currently on view

America's youth were encouraged to participate in supporting the war. Groups like the Boys' Working Reserve and the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) Land Service Committee trained young men and women to relieve the labor shortage on America's farms.

In The Girl on the Land, artist Edward Penfield emphasizes the serenity of the scene with cool, bucolic greens and yellows. Far from the battlefield, America's young women serve their nation's need for food production through camaraderie and mutual support.

[Gallery label text, 2006]

Bibliography
For general references, see "War Poster Collections: Strong, Garrett, Taber, Fisk, Wright, Turnbull, McClenahan [and] Miscellaneous Collections," Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Library, 1919, cat. no. Strong BFA2665, p. 103; George Theofiles, "American Posters of World War I," New York: Dafran House Publishers, Inc., 1973, fig. 211, p. 153; David Gibson, "Designed to Persuade: The Graphic Art of Edward Penfield," Yonkers, N.Y. : Hudson River Museum, 1984, p. 32.


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Lord's Gallery, Ltd., London; purchased by the Gallery in 1972

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