Poster for the Girl Reserves of the Y.W.C. A.

Poster for the Girl Reserves of the Y.W.C. A.

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Description (Brief)
Young Women's Christian Association (Y.W.C.A.) poster, 1918, with a lithograph of a young lady, wearing blue bloomers and loose white navy-style blouse, tossing a basketball against a light blue background. The artist is Elizabeth Morris Poucher. The Girl Reserve program began in the 1900s to support World War One efforts fostering "patriotic war work" by young girls. Posters like this were supported by the Committee on Public Information, a government agency charged with creating enthusiasm for war efforts. The Girl Reserves proved to be the most popular club program in the YWCA organization. In the 1920s and 1930s, the Reserves became a way to incorporate minorities into the organization's activities.
Currently not on view
Object Name
poster, basketball
Date made
associated institution
Young Women's Christian Association
place made
United States
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
canvas (overall material)
overall: 30 in x 20 in; 76.2 cm x 50.8 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Civic Associations
World War I
World War I
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Cultural and Community Life: Sport and Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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