WW1 recruitment posters targeting Irish men with depictions of Irish women entreating them for help.

One of many variations on the personification of Ireland as a woman, Ireland as Motherland, as put upon, persecuted, vulnerable, weak but beautiful & worth saving (or taking). More of which to come.

Also interesting how the women themselves are portrayed in most of these posters; dark haired with light skin & eyes. This is noticably different to the ‘Flame-Haired Cailín’ trope seen later in the 20th century & still alive today. While it is indeed a massive generalisation & idealisation of a significant number of individuals, & probably reflects the fashion & taste of the era, speaking from personal experience, it does seem a more accurate depiction of the majority of Irish women, even today.

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