Books for Sammies

8d2a68fc5f4e719cb37eb4d2c7b20c1cArtist: Dan Smith, 1865-1934. The ALA produced this poster in 1918 as a part of its “Books for Sammies” campaign to send books to soldiers. In WW I, the English called American soldiers “Yanks” or “Sammies” for Uncle Sam. Thousands of these posters were displayed in libraries and expanded the libraries’ visibility and their role as community centers by participating in wartime initiatives.

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