Italy Has Need of Meat, Wheat, Fat, and Sugar


This Italian-language poster, produced in Brooklyn, New York, in 1917, shortly after the United States entered World War I, was aimed at the many Italian-speaking immigrants living in the United States at that time. Illustrated with a portrait of an Italian army officer, the poster declares that “Italy has need of meat, wheat, fat, and sugar” and urges people to conserve these foods so that supplies can go to “our people and to the Italian troops.” The poster was sponsored by the U.S. Food Administration, a government agency established in August 1917 by President Woodrow Wilson for the purpose of assuring the supply, distribution, and conservation of food during the war. The artist was George John Illian (1894–1932), a prolific illustrator who made numerous World War I posters.

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Latham Lithography & Printing Company, Brooklyn, New York


Title in Original Language

L'Italia ha bisogno di carne-frumento-grasso & zucchero

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Physical Description

1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 71 x 52 centimeters


Last updated: February 10, 2014