Württemberg War Exhibition, Stuttgart, May-September 1916


This World War I poster from Germany shows a sword, with an eagle perched on its hilt, plunged into a mound of earth. Below, a man plows the earth and a woman sows seeds. In the background are flames and smoke from factories. The text announces a war exhibition organized by the Württemberg Red Cross, under the auspices of the king and queen of Württemberg and the Royal Württemberg War Ministry. The poster reflects the complex political structure of Imperial Germany. Württemberg was a kingdom (formerly a duchy) that became part of the German Empire in 1871. The kingdom retained considerable autonomy within Germany and had its own royal family, with its capital at Stuttgart. This poster is by Johann Vincenz Cissarz (1873–1942), a German painter and graphic artist who, after studying in Dresden and working in Darmstadt, in 1909 became a professor at the Academy of Art in Stuttgart. The poster is from the Rehse-Archiv für Zeitgeschichte und Publizistik, a collection of posters, pamphlets, and all types of German propaganda material that was assembled in Munich by Friedrich J.M. Rehse (1870–1952). The collection was confiscated by U.S. military intelligence authorities in 1945–46, after Germany’s defeat in World War II, and transferred to the Library of Congress.

Date Created

Publication Information

M. Seeger, Stuttgart


Title in Original Language

Württ. Kriegsausstellung, 1916 Stuttgart Mai-September

Type of Item

Physical Description

1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 96 x 71 centimeters


Last updated: February 10, 2014