Recruiting Posters (29 June 1915)

The Berlin Daily Telegraph received propaganda posters from Britain and proudly displayed them in the windows of their office. The poster campaign in Britain was reportedly remarkably large (3-4 million posters distributed) and unprecedented.
Charles E. Lauriat, Jr., who worked for a Boston publisher, was interviewed after his return from Britain. He said that the posters were highly effective in boosting patriotism and encouraging enlistment. He claimed that, “the Monday after the Lusitania disaster, it was impossible to get within fifty yards of the door of the recruiting station.” According to Lauriat, the patriotic excitement which was aided by the poster campaign was what would set the British apart from the Germans on the battlefield.

(“Recruiting Posters from Motherland,” Berlin Daily Telegraph, 29 June 1915.; “Posters as Recruit Getters,” Berlin Daily Telegraph, 8 July 1915.