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World War I-era white paper sign. In 1917 the United States Government passed the Selective Service Act. It required all men between the ages of 21 and 30 (later 18 to 45) to register for military service. In April 1918 the War Department issued the "Nation's Want Column," a list of jobs deemed important to winning the war. Skilled men were encouraged to volunteer for the positions and put their talents to work for the war effort. In addition to being skilled in one of the needed trades, the men had to be registered for general military service. Posters like this one were printed and sent to draft boards around the country to be displayed where workers would see them and fill the 12,000 positions. The Kansas Draft Board displayed and distributed this sign.

Date: between 1918 and 1919

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Item Number: 313973
KSHS Identifier: 1996.102.22

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