this now-famous image, graphic artist Haskell Coffin urged
"Women of America [to] Save Your Country," just
as Joan of Arc had saved France. The role of women as participants,
observers, victims, and protestors of the wars of America
from the colonial period into the 20th century is well documented
in letters, diaries, published accounts, engravings, portraits,
photographs, artifacts, and posters in the collections of
the Massachusetts Historical Society.
MHS holds more than 250 World War I posters, many given by
Sen. Henry Cabot Lodge, who was the president of the Society
(19151924) while he represented Massachusetts in Congress.
In the MHS collection, "posters"pictorial
notices intended to be posted to advertise or promote an activity,
product, or causeare described as works
of art, while single-sheet notices or advertisements that
are chiefly textual (often printed from type) are described