HUNTSVILLE, Ala – The Huntsville Museum of Art is now exhibiting “Over the Top: American Posters from World War I.” This display opened last Saturday the 23rd but will be on view through October 16th.
“Over the Top” features more than 40 original World War I posters from the permanent collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The display explores the role these illustrated images played to rally Americans to the cause; encouraging them in those days to fund international aid projects and buy bonds, and to positively shape public perceptions of the war. The posters had a powerful impact, resulting in the sale of over $20 billion in government bonds.
In order to serve as a constant reminder of the need for support, the posters incorporated powerful and iconic United States symbols such as the Statue of Liberty, Uncle Sam, and the American flag. The posters were hung in libraries, post offices, and schools in urban and rural communities.
The Huntsville Museum of Art hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Thursdays until 8 p.m. The Museum is also open Sundays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays and some major holidays.
General admission is free for members and children 5 and under. Tickets are $10 for adult nonmembers, $8 for military, teachers, and seniors with a valid ID, $5 for children ages 6 and up and students, and $7 per person for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit www.hsvmuseum.org or call 256-535-4350.