Poster War exhibit contains forty-six posters selected from the collection
of the late Theodore Elizabeth Wright Macgillivray. These posters represent
some of the work of Allied poster artists and the best work of their Canadian
counterparts during the First World War.
Posters were selected for their artistic merit and for their relevance to the themes I wished to explore. The exhibit is loosely divided into three parts. The first part compares the propaganda symbols which were used to identify and vilify the enemy with those which were used to unify and encourage Allied society. The second investigates the use of the soldier on the battlefront as a universal propaganda image. The third illustrates various home-front themes that serve as objects of the propagandist. Particularly noteworthy is the evolution in the portrayal of women in the sections of the exhibit.