American Humane Association 'Be Kind to Animals' Poster Collection

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American Humane Association 'Be Kind to Animals' Poster Collection
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Collection Facts

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Historical Context

The American Humane Association began a promotional campaign in 1915 called “Be Kind to Animals Week”. Talks, contests and other events centered on kindness to animals occurred throughout the country. Posters were created and distributed nationwide. The posters ranged from text only posters to detailed color lithographs. Several different nationally recognized artists contributed work to this project. One of the best known artists was Morgan Dennis, and his iconic drawings of animals were largely recognized as representative of the “Be Kind to Animals” project. The goal of the “Be Kind to Animals” campaign was to promote kindness and compassion to all species.

Scope of Collection

This collection consists of posters produced by the American Human Association, Albany, NY, as part of the national campaign 'Be Kind to Animals'. Each of the posters in this collection have the Syracuse SPCA information printed on them.