Victory garden posters: propaganda as affordable modern art
Inspired by World War II propaganda posters, the artist from Portland, Ore., has been creating his own Victory Garden of Tomorrow posters since 2007 -- something he likes to call "artful advocacy for the modern home front." Decades have passed since the original call for Americans to produce food, but Wirtheim's simple slogans -- "Break New Ground, Plant an Urban Farm Garden" and "We've Done It Before, We'll Grow It Again," among others -- are similar in spirit.
The limited-edition screen prints are numbered and signed and come on acid-free paper with recycled content. The works range from $12 for an offset-press print to $40 for a hand-pulled screen print. Three-pack bundles are available for $30 on Wirtheim's Etsy shop.
I fell for the illustrations and bought a 12-by-18-inch "Eat Real Food" poster for my kitchen. I placed it in an IKEA birch frame, bringing the total cost to $35 for finished art.
-- Lisa Boone
Photo credit: Victory Garden of Tomorrow