Stocking stuffer: Victory Garden of Tomorrow propaganda posters
Portland, Ore., resident Joe Wirtheim has a background in graphic design and communication studies. In the midst of political debates back in 2004, Wirtheim decided to start making retro-style propaganda posters. A year later, he began a self-commissioned poster art project called the Victory Garden of Tomorrow, to inspire and educate people.
His artwork stems from vintage propaganda and advertising posters, particularly those produced during World War II, as well as the 1939 New York World's Fair. In them he propagates ideas of simple living with graphics that read, "Help Harvest," "You Serve When You Preserve" or "Can All You Can." Wirtheim hopes his campaign encourages or, better yet, reminds people to be mindful of their duty to keep the Earth clean by recycling, composting, growing one's own food, preserving and eating local.
-- Caitlin Keller