The Kaiser is Canned World War I Advertising Poster

$1,250.00

Genre: World War I
Artist: J. Paul Verrees
Year Printed: 1918
Size: 33 x 22
Country of Poster: Unknown
Restoration Detail: Unrestored
Grade: Very Fine
Additional Information: Original WW1 vintage military poster: THE KAISER IS CANNED - CAN FOOD. Can vegetables, fruit and the Kaiser too. Archival linen backed. Printer:: Gatchel & Manning Engravers, Philadelphia. Ref: Rawls p. 119 Rare original military World War poster. The poster has had the boarders touched boarders at the time of linen backing. The artist has cheekily canned the kaiser, creating a visual metaphor for the vital role of preserving food in the war’s outcome. Poster shows jars of canned goods, such as "Tomatoes," "Peas," and "Kaiser Brand Unsweetened" which contains a caricature of the Kaiser. The portrait of the Kaiser portrayed in this poster is also extremely interesting. I would argue that it is no mistake that the Kaiser, who represents the evil of Germany, is contained quite easily in a canned food jar, which symbolizes various feminine attributes. This representation is meant to state that even the "weakest" parts of American society, its women, are strong enough to overcome the Kaiser, and that "even the women in America" could win this war. The effect of this particular poster would be not only to raise canned food supplies for those fighting overseas, but also to raise the spirits of those at home. After all (according to the poster), if the American women could defeat the Kaiser, the boys should be home in no time.

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