Let's Take Care of the Poultry. I am a Fine War Hen. I Eat Little and Produce a Lot


This small poster, produced in France in 1918, features a hen sitting atop a pile of eggs beneath the caption, "Let's take care of the poultry," and above the main caption which reads: "I am a fine war hen. I eat little and produce a lot." The aim of the poster was to encourage the French population to conserve food and other scarce goods in order to support the war effort. Unlike many posters, which were produced by professional artists, this work was designed by a 16-year-old student, who signed his or her name as “G. Douanne.” The poster was part of a government-supported initiative, developed late in the war, to use children’s art in the national propaganda effort. The French Comité national de prévoyance et d'économies organized a poster contest for schoolchildren, and went on to publish many of the best entries.

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Publication Information

Comité National de Prévoyance et d'économies, Paris


Title in Original Language

Soignons la basse-cour. Je suis une brave poule de guerre, je mange peu et produis beaucoup


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Physical Description

1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 56 x 38 centimeters



  1. Alain Weill, The Poster: A Worldwide Survey and History (Boston: G.K. Hall, 1985).

Last updated: November 14, 2017