World War I posters on display at the Heritage Center

One of the posters from the Great War on display.
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BISMARCK, N.D. - In the time of World War One television wasn't around yet, and radio was still growing into it's own, so much of the advertisement was done in the form of posters. The Heritage Center has more than 900 posters in the archive that can be accessed online or in person.

"And this is an excellent example of the artistry. Again, some of these posters were done by really professional illustrators, they weren't just simply people off of the street. These were really excelent," said Dr. Perry Hornbacher, a Professor at BSC.

Dr. Perry Hornbacher of Bismarck State College gave a presentation Sunday on the collection and what inspired these posters.

"In many cases they represent the war in a simple way that can reach an audience vast, and these posters were destributed by the millions, and they were posted in streetcars, they were posted in stores, you could buy them for your house, they were even in billboards," said Dr. Hornbacher.

From fear, to patriotism, there's a poster that touches every chord.

"You see what appears to be somewhat like the statue of liberty and this is the city of New York, and planes are bombing it, and of course the message is 'that liberty shall not perish from the earth, buy liberty bonds'," said Dr. Hornbacher.

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the end of the war and this is just one of a number of events the Heritage Center will be hosting on the Great War throughout the year.

If you'd like to check out more of the Heritage Center's collection you can either go to the archives in person, or online to: history.nd.gov