Friday, August 1, 2008

Cultivons Notre Potager

Cultivons Notre Potager - French School Children Series

WWI French series of conservation posters, all designed by school children in support of the war effort: "Cultivate your kitchen gardens"

by Louisette Jaeger


I like it cute and French.

Au revoir et salut,


The Girl on the Land

YWCA The Girl on the Land. Serves the Nations Need. Y.W.C.A. Land Service Committee.

Showing four young women carring tools and a basket of produce, and leading a team of horses.

by Edward Penfield

c. 1917


Food Comes First


As head of the U. S. Food Administration, Hoover, given the authority by Wilson, became a "food dictator." The Lever Act had given the president power to regulate the distribution, export, import, purchase, and storage of food. Wilson passed that power on to Hoover. To succeed, Hoover designed an effort that would appeal to the American sense of volunteerism and avoid coercion. In designing the program, he adopted a federal approach, combining centralized power and decentralized power. He oversaw federal corporations and national trade associations; he sought cooperation of local buyers and sellers. Through it all he called for patriotism and sacrifices that would increase production and decrease food consumption. "Food," Hoover and the administration proclaimed, "will win the war."

"All men are equal before fish"

"Thank You so Much American Soldier for Wasting Food -- Help Tojo Win War"

"Thank You so Much American Soldier for Wasting Food -- Help Tojo Win War" (1941-1945)

Hideki Tojo is one of the more intriguing characters of World War II. Ironically, he's one of the duller ones.

He ran Japan frmo October 18, 1941, to July 18, 1944, as Premier. Before that, he was the War Minister, and a professional soldier. As Prime Minister, he combined the functions of the Ministries of the Interior, Foreign Affairs, Education, Commerce and Industry, Munitions, and War, and even Chief of the Army General Staff, starting in February 1944. His irritated subordinates called him "Emperor Tojo," but not to his face, because he ruled through Kwantung Army cronies and the ferocious military police, the Kempei Tai, which could arrest a person for "thought crime."

Grow More Food

Poster promoting production in Scotland. This is a variation on the famous 'Dig for Victory' campaign, aimed at the Scottish public. Allotments -land set aside for city people without gardens - were a recent development. They were originally organised and encouraged by the government for those made unemployed during the Depression of the 1930s.

I read that all councils in England and Wales, except Inner London, must by law, provide allotments for anyone who is interested. Any group of adults over the age of 18 and registered on the electoral role can group together to request the council provide space. If you are interested in starting an allotment garden contact your local Parish, Town, Borough, City or District Council.

Food, More, Grow