World War I Advertising

Historical content: 
World War I and the 1920s
Historical skills: 
Sourcing

Assessment

Directions: 

Examine the advertisement and answer the questions that follow.

Source: 

A 1917 advertisement showing American soldiers training to fight in World War I. In the ad, soldiers are shown gathering around to view Kodak photos from home.

"Pictures from Home," Eastman Kodak Company of Rochester, NY, 1917.

Question 1:  How might this Kodak ad be useful as evidence of what life was like for U.S. soldiers in World War I?

Question 2:  What about this source might make it less useful as evidence of what life was like for U.S. soldiers in World War I?

About the Assessment

Like the Slave Quarters assessment, this question requires students to consider the relative strengths and weaknesses of a document as historical evidence.  Students with a sophisticated understanding of how to source a document will be able to explain that the Kodak advertisement is useful in that it provides indirect information about the lives of soldiers and how they were able to communicate with family at the time.  They will also point out that this image was created for the purposes of an advertisement, making it less useful as specific evidence of what life was like for U.S. soldiers.