Felix J. Koch's photos of some of the posters in our online exhibit World War I Propaganda Posters: Art That Shaped History. Click on the title of the slideshow to see the photos in Flickr and read captions.
About Felix J. Koch
Felix Koch was a reporter, writer, and photographer, best known for his articles on topics of historical interest and his reporting on national and international news events.
Koch was born in Cincinnati in 1882 and graduated from Walnut Hills High School and the University of Cincinnati. Early in his career he began writing for local newspapers including the Cincinnati Times-Star, Cincinnati Enquirer and the Cincinnati Commercial Tribune. Koch became a well-known freelance writer and photographer, contributing articles illustrated with his own photographs, to newspapers and magazines. He covered many of the major stories of his time including the assassination of President William McKinley, the coronation of King George V of England, the “Scopes Monkey Trial” and the Mexican Revolution.
Felix Koch took many photographs during World War I including photography work for the U.S. Government. Koch documented home front activities and produced a book of his images titled Cincinnati Sees it Thru; The Camera’s Story of How the Great World War Came to the Queen of the West, published in 1917.
Koch was a member of the National Editorial Association, American Nature Association, and the American Folk Lore Society. He died after a brief illness in 1933 at the age of 52. Many of Koch’s photographs and other materials were donated to the Cincinnati Historical Society following his death.
All photographs are from Special Collection SC116, The Felix Koch Photograph Collection, Cincinnati History Library and Archives, Cincinnati Museum Center.