My Dear Home, I Love You, You’re a House for Each of Us and Home for All of Us


This World War I poster, published in 1918, shows a Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) hut set in the woods, with soldiers outside relaxing and playing games. A red and blue YMCA sign is visible over the door. At the bottom of the poster is a quotation, “My dear home, I love you, you’re the house for each of us and home for all of us,” which is attributed to a poilu (French slang for a front-line soldier). The YMCA was founded in 1844 by George Williams, a worker in the London drapery trade who was concerned about the welfare of his fellow workers. The YMCA spread to other British cities in the 1840s and became a global organization in the 1850s. During World War I, the YMCA provided relief services to troops at facilities such as the one depicted here. The organization established and maintained “huts” that provided basic comforts and a touch of home to soldiers, at transportation hubs in Britain and at the front in France.

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Coquemer, Paris


Title in Original Language

Mon cher foyer, je t'aime tu es la maison de chacun le chez soi pour tous -- un poilu


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Physical Description

1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 121 x 80 centimeters


Last updated: November 14, 2017