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Grow Your Own: Be Sure Giveaway

January 28th, 2012

A few weeks ago I showed you the fabulous vintage victory garden poster I received for Christmas from a friend. After many people asked where she got it, I found out: Zazzle. There is also a great collection of Victory Garden Poster Collection over at Amazon.

You can also find find hi-res copies of these posters at the Library on Congress website which you can have printed out yourself since they’re in the public domain. Here are a few I’ve found over the years.

Lucky for you, my friend happened to receive an extra copy of the Grow Your Own: Be Sure Poster because of a shipping problem. She gave it to me to give away here on the blog (everyone thank Missy). So my friends, all you have to do to have a chance to win is to comment below. If you want extra chances to win: like Chiot’s Run on facebook, Share this contest on your facebook page, or Tweet this contest. We have a winner – see image below – congrats to Chicago Mike.

Which poster shown above is your favorite?

71 Comments to “Grow Your Own: Be Sure Giveaway”
  1. sue baldwin on January 28, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Seeing the US versions makes me think, I’d love to know whether the Germans and the Japanese have similar, and what they looked like!

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    • Susy on January 28, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Yes you wonder if they also had gardening ones? I’ve seen some of the German propaganda posters from the war.

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  2. B ryan N. on January 28, 2012 at 7:53 am

    I kind of like the mother and daughter poster where the daughter says”We’ll have lots to eat this winter,won’t we Mother?” This kind of reminds me of our girls when we are putting up food during the harvest.Thanks for a great contest and thank you Missy!

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  3. Brandee on January 28, 2012 at 8:19 am

    I’ve long been interested in WWII and the Home front. And I’ve been canning for some years. It only makes sense that I would absolutely adore Victory Garden posters, from both WWII and the Great War

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  4. Jennifer on January 28, 2012 at 8:22 am

    LOVE your website! These posters are all great- would look cute hanging in a kitchen or potting shed

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  5. Allison on January 28, 2012 at 8:34 am

    LOVE IT! I love this posters and having been dabbling at the thought of getting one to hang in my kitchen or back room.

    I am already a FB fan and I will share this on my blog FB page :)

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  6. Jenny C on January 28, 2012 at 8:44 am

    In a way you have to find humor on how the past has become so relevant now. All those basics are becoming important again.

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  7. Jennifer Fisk on January 28, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Thank you Missy.
    I like Grow Your Own, Be Sure because it is so relevant to the present state of our food supply.

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  8. Fawn on January 28, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I love looking at the old victory garden posters mostly because the nation at that time seems like a totally different nation compared to now. I wonder how people in the US would respond to rations and gardening as an expected duty during wartime. With the division growing between political parties I can’t imagine them ever being able to come together and ask the whole country to give a little too.

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  9. Cheryl on January 28, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Love these posters. They seem inspiring now as they must have back then. Would love to have one hanging in the kitchen!

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  10. Songbirdtiff on January 28, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I love the poster that states “It’s Thrifty, It’s Patriotic”.

    Do I need to add another entry for liking you on facebook?

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  11. kristin @ going country on January 28, 2012 at 9:43 am

    “We eat because we work.” Damn straight.

    Sort of like the Bible verse (which I might be slightly misquoting because I am a heathen and not so conversant with the Bible), “And man shall eat bread by the sweat of his brow.’

    Thank you, Missy.

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  12. Denimflyz on January 28, 2012 at 9:58 am

    My depression-era grandparents and maternal grandmother, had originals in frames. I remember them like it was yesterday. My maternal grandfather was in the European theatre, landing on D-Day, and she had them as a symbol of his sacrifice, Unfortunatly, they literally disinegrated out of the frames, and some were the very ones you showed on this post!
    What a wonderful trip down memory lane for me, thank you.

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  13. risa on January 28, 2012 at 9:59 am

    Good selection! Sharon Astyk writes about these, and notes that government and industry try to focus us on on needs in peace time (consumer culture) yet are quite capable of demanding our productivity in an emergency (producer culture) — what they are currently reviling as socialism — she also notes some cultural assumptions built into these posters, such as that everyone is white.

    Here are a couple of galleries that might interest: one about victory gardens and one about the Women’s Land Army (urban “girls” went forth to replace farmers and loggers who had enlisted).

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  14. Teresa on January 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I really like the Victory Canner poster. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  15. ictero on January 28, 2012 at 10:00 am

    I love the Library of Congress – so many cool things there free for the taking because they’re in the public domain. There are even some seed catalog covers you can download.

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  16. Daedre Craig on January 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

    These are all really cool! I love the “Are YOU a Victory Canner?” poster.

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  17. roc_phd on January 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

    “your victory garden counts more than ever!” Along with the “Grow your own, Be Sure” poster, these sure do resonate for today. Thanks for the links. I hope to adorn my kitchen with a couple of these!

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  18. April on January 28, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I love those posters! I think any gardener and food preserver would love them! Thanks for sharing all these with us.

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  19. kirsten on January 28, 2012 at 11:18 am

    I’ve actually coveted your poster since you wrote about it, and have been considering hunting for my own. Thanks for the giveaway! We watched “Dive” last night about the amount of food that goes to waste in this country, and how many hungry Americans there are in spite of that waste… it made me very glad that we compost everything we can, and grow a lot of our own.

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  20. kirsten on January 28, 2012 at 11:24 am

    shared on FB!

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  21. Suzanne Gundlach on January 28, 2012 at 11:27 am

    A great look back into history. Nice if we can recapture some of this “can do” attitude.

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  22. KimP on January 28, 2012 at 11:41 am

    I find it so interesting that the words are the same, but the meaning is a little different this day and age. Thanks, Missy!

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  23. KimH on January 28, 2012 at 11:46 am

    It just amazes me to think about the differences in the government we had then & the one that is in place today. I know there are some out there, but it seems like the mentality our nation harbors today is light years away from that time & place. Its too bad, because THAT is a big part of what made our nation such a great one!

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  24. canned Quilter on January 28, 2012 at 11:48 am

    Your Victory Garden Counts More than Ever is my favorite one : ) Would love to win the one in the giveaway though.

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  25. Sarah H on January 28, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I like the one that says “We eat because we work” “We belong to the US School Garden Army.” I have the opportunity to manage a school garden where I work and I have never seen a poster like that.

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  26. Sarah H on January 28, 2012 at 11:49 am

    I liked Chiots Run on Facebook.

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  27. Mich on January 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

    they are great posters :) and thank u Missy!

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  28. Patty McKinney on January 28, 2012 at 11:50 am

    there all wonderfull !! the one your giving away is so colorful !! I remember my grandmother talking about this. We even found some food rashning stamps she still had hidden away! I would be pleased to have one, have always loved them !!!! :)

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  29. Jenny on January 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    I love the “save money the easy way”. I have a postcard of a few of these in my office. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. Annette on January 28, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    Thank you Missy! =)

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  31. Annette on January 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    Oh, and Liked Chiots Run on FB.

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  32. Kate on January 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    These posters are great! I’d love one for my kitchen.

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  33. KAREN HUDSON on January 28, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    These are all great. Really love the running veggies in the last one.

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  34. rachel layer on January 28, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I just love vintage art and gardening I would display this proudly.

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  35. Liz J on January 28, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    I would say my favorite is the one that you have, I love the vibrant colors. My second favorite is “We eat because we work” with the two children. They are all fascinating!

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  36. Dame Janice on January 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I _am_ a victory canner (in the morning). ;)

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  37. Rip Van Winkle on January 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    The poster of the little girl beaming at her frilly apron-clad mother as they can their produce makes me think of an article I recently read in the Washington Post about the so-called “New Domesticity”. The author tried to make the case that a return to so many of these self-sufficiencies was a generation and a half away from turning women into servants again. I disagree. I think these do-it-yourself skills are going to empower- not only for women but men as well. It is healthful and brightening to our existence to “be sure” because of our own labors of love.

    I regularly post Chiot’s Run entries on my facebook account, and I long ago “liked” it on the same forum.

    Thank you (and Missy) for the give-away opportunity.

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    • Kelly on January 28, 2012 at 1:35 pm

      I agree whole-heartedly. You can lose your job, your house, your money, but it takes a lot to lose your skill and self-sufficiency. The ability to do for ourselves is always empowering.

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  38. Kelly on January 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    I love the vintage posters. I think a victory garden is relevant today, not in the sense that it is a patriotic duty, but in the sense that it is a good way to stretch your money, and keep healthy food on the table, at a time when it is difficult to do both.

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  39. janet on January 28, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    I like the dig for plenty poster with the box, just wish it was better quality.

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  40. Allison on January 28, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Of course I want this ! History and gardening… two of my faves! I’ll be sharing on my Facebook page.

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  41. Shaun on January 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Dig on for Victory!

    That will be our new gardening mantra, especially during the early stages when the seedlings are competing with the weeds and the bunnies, I’m wearing the index fingers out of my gloves, and the dogs are trying to find out what I’ve planted.

    Maybe Our Food is Fighting is more appropriate…

    Really, I love them all. Thanks, Missy!

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  42. Rick on January 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Very fun posters, I think I like the one with the angry looking veggies running over the hill! We need to do more of this type of promotion now to help us all through these rough financial times!

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  43. Susan on January 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I like the US Schools Army Garden one. Schools here are getting on the bandwagon and several, including City College, are starting to grown gardens. It is a great way to combine science, social studies, math, and government as well as physical education and nutrition to students.

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  44. Creative Writing! | Stoney Acres on January 28, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    […] to give a way a super cool retro poster.  Yesterdays post on her site features a bunch of great old posters from World War II.  All of the posters are promoting Victory […]

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  45. bonnie on January 28, 2012 at 6:47 pm

    They’re great – remind me of my parents. My favorite:
    YOUR VICTORY GARDEN counts more than ever.

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  46. itchbay on January 28, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I love them all, but I think my favorite has to be the Be Sure one. Although the school garden poster and the Grow it Yourself poster are great too.

    Also, been a long time fan on FB. Retweeted, and FBed the contest, because I know my gardener friends would be interested as well. :)

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  47. Jennie-Team Dean on January 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I love old ads! these are even better!

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  48. Kaytee on January 28, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Those posters are so neat. Printing them to have would be cool, but I think finding an original would be so much cooler.

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  49. Corner Garden Sue on January 28, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I love those posters! I just looked in one spot, and didn’t find it, but I’m thinking I have a book that was written to encourage victory gardening. I did find 3 little pre-victory garden books from 1915, though. One was on how to take care of garden pests. I need to read it and see what it says. It could be interesting.

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  50. Leanne on January 28, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I really like the one you got, and also the “grow it your self” one. I fight forest fires and there are similar themed ones related to preventing forest fires. Some of them are unbelievably racist… an insight in to the times I suppose.

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