The “Hey fellows! Your money brings the books we need when we want it!” propaganda poster was used during World War 1 to encourage the donation of money to American Library Association.
The poster depicts a soldier standing with a book in his hand and a sailor on the floor reading a book. Behind him we see the silhouettes of soldiers, the background is rustic orange which represents the dangers of war. The date of 11 November 1918, was the date when the armistice or treaty was called for World War 1. This ended the fighting and declared the Allies the victors.
This poster was designed by John E. Sheridan, who was a well known artist and illustrator at the time. Some of his other posters include “Food is ammunition! Dont waste it!“. He was well known for the many covers of The Evening Standard he produced in the early 1900.