WWI-era posters found in Primghar Public Library

PRIMGHAR, Iowa - A northwest Iowa library is displaying what staff believe are original World War I-era posters hidden for decades in the building's attic. Kay Geerdes and Kathy Luedke, board members for the Primghar Public Library, ventured into the forgotten space this spring in search of artifacts to display or sell for the town's 125th birthday this summer.

They found dozens of posters advertising a liberty bond loan program to help fund the war. World War I, that is. Geerdes and Luedke believe the posters are the real thing. The library, which was established in 1916, was originally located inside a hardware store. It later relocated to a former church, and it's been there since 1950. Both women believe many of the contents from the hardware store library were sent up to the church attic for storage after the move, and it's remained there through the decades.

That would mean the posters, created around 1918, could be nearly 100 years old.

Several posters have been temporarily framed and are now on display at the library, where they'll only be up until the end of August. They hope to possibly sell some to help the library with renovation plans that they've had in the works for years.

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