Maine Historical Society



A Past Exhibit

A Riot of Words — Broadsides and Ballads, Posters and Proclamations

February 10 – June 11, 2006

Image of the Exhibit

World War I poster, 1917

A Riot of Words — Broadsides and Ballads, Posters and Proclamations, an original exhibit presented by Maine Historical Society, opened at the MHS Museum on Friday, February 10th and continued through Sunday, June 11th, 2006. This unique exhibit was comprised of nearly 150 posters and broadsides drawn from the Maine Historical Society's collections. They date from circa 1700 to the 1940s.

This exhibit illustrated the way Maine people used this ephemeral media to communicate news, political views, commercial opportunities, and moral values. Included in the exhibit were advertisements of patented inventions such as kerosene lamps, self–fastening fences and other devices; declarations of war; the tragic news of lost ships, murders and robberies; warnings of the evils of alcohol; and more.

Curated by John Mayer and Eric Eaton.

Sponsored by the Phineas W. Sprague Memorial Foundation, The BHA Foundation Fund, with additional support from Penmor Lithographers.

Online Exhibition

Exhibition Poster