Food Conservation During World War I
Rather than imposing forced rationing during WWI, the U.S. Food Administration used poster art as propaganda to encourage food conservation, substitution, and augmentation. These efforts provided the U.S. troops and Allies with the necessary sustenance for combat. Voluntary food rationing became a sign a patriotism and changed the eating habits of the American people.
Research, text, and arrangement by Dana Puga, Prints and Photographs Collection Specialist, Manuscripts & Special Collections Department. Editing and assistance from Sonya Coleman, Digital Collections Specialist.
Imaging by Ben Steck, Photo & Digital Imaging Services Department.
Images from the Visual Studies Collection, Manuscripts & Special Collections, Library of Virginia.