Victory Garden Posters

I think these World War I and World War II Victory Garden posters are interesting for how the equate home food production, thriftiness, and hard work with patriotism.

It strikes me as very different from today’s message that consumer spending is the way to show patriotism.  “Spend more to spur the economy and support the nation.”

Maybe it would be more patriotic for people to fight poverty and food insecurity in their communities by planting community gardens and having community canning bees, than for them to spend their few hard-earned dollars on consumer goods that they may not need.

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