Harvey Dunn (1884 - 1952)

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Title:
They Are Giving All Will you send them Wheat?
Size:
35.5 x 55"
Medium:
Lithograph
Price:
$2,950
INV. #:
9807
 
They are giving all ... Will you send them Wheat?
U. S. Food Administration. Artist: Harvey Dunn. Size 35.5" x 55". Original World War 1 stone lithograph; archival linen backed; ready to frame.

Designed for the U. S. Food administration by the division of pictorial publicity. No. 25. A poster produced by the U.S. Food Administration during World War I. “There was a feeling that the troops deserved white bread, and the rest of us could add cornmeal or rye flour,” says Joanne Lamb Hayes, author of Grandma’s Wartime Kitchen. (Harvey Dunn/U.S. Food Administration/Library of Congress)

Finding bread alternatives may seem like a thoroughly modern obsession. (Can someone pass the chia-millet rolls?) But the widespread search for substitutes to white flour, in particular, dates back at least a century, to World War I, when Allied forces aggressively urged consumers to change their starchy habits for nationalistic reasons.

On one hand, bread was symbolically important: It conjured ideas of comfort that were especially welcome during a time of fear and turmoil. The act of sharing a loaf — literally breaking bread together — carried psychological weight.

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