The ongoing drought that has crippled large parts of the American West for the past decade is getting worse all the time. In recognition of this fact, the governor of California recently ordered mandatory water restrictions for the first time in the state’s history. I applaud the governor’s actions, but I can’t help but wonder why this decision didn’t come sooner and why its restrictions are not more draconian. The number of people living in our nation’s most populous state continues to skyrocket, which means ever more straws in an ever shrinking milkshake (to paraphrase Daniel Plainview). It’s unsustainable and, in the long run, dangerous. To learn more about the current drought, check out the links here, here, and here. In the meantime, I thought I’d share several water-restriction posters from the WWII era that I found while digging through the image collection at the Library of Congress. To view a larger version of each poster, just click on the image.