Friday, July 23, 2010

When Beans Were Bullets

I definitely need to make it down to this incredible exhibit of WWI and WWII posters about the vital need for food conservation, rationed goods, meatless and wheatless days, home gardening and canning.

It's hard for me to not look at the posters and think about our own ongoing wars and environmental struggles, and to wonder at the difference in American society.

Can't imagine the government enforcing rationing these days, or the American public volunteering to give up loaves of bread and meat... but there certainly are many of us who are getting the message anyway, even without propaganda, and have chosen to work for our food security with backyard gardens and re-learning various homegrown skills.

When Beans Were Bullets: War-Era Food Posters

1st Floor, National Agricultural Library
Beltsville, Maryland
June 21 - August 30, 2010

Visitors will enter the exhibition from NAL's Reading Room. Visitors must enter at the main entrance, sign in, and expect a guard to examine bags. Walk through the Reading Room and continue through the hallway to the exhibit area. The exhibition is free and visitor hours are 9:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Food and beverages are not allowed.

Visit NAL's website for directions.

1 comment:

Katie said...

Love this post! i am going to print out the first poster.

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