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World War I Propaganda Posters

Uncle Sam Recruiting Poster

American illustrator James Montgomery Flagg (1877-1960) utilized Lord Kitchener as incentive regarding his well-known recruiting poster, “I Want You for U.S. Army.”

Flagg was successful with numerous well-known periodicals during the early twentieth century and also would make contributions with regard to forty six posters towards the war effort.

Flagg’s most well-known as well as significant work had been his Kitchener-derived poster, showcasing a white-haired, really serious Uncle Sam using a pointed finger.

Flagg’s design initially made an appearance upon the cover of Leslie’s Weekly around July 6, 1916, beneath the headline “What Are You Doing For Preparedness?” Greater than 4 million copies had been published between 1917 and 1918 when the United States entered the war and commenced dispatching military abroad.

Virtually all divisions from the armed service had been recruiting for enlistment. Flagg’s “The Navy Needs You” (1918) as well as “Be A U.S. Marine” (1918) competed for the doughboy’s spot in history. His Navy poster, exhibiting a sailor tapping the shoulder of a civilian, wearing suit and tie, carrying a local newspaper, imploring: “Don’t Read American History – Make It”, along with the spirit of Columbia flying above.

Collectible Marine Recruiting PostersFlagg tends to make potent utilization of guilt and also the assurance of a spot in history to propose that men join. “Be A Marine” exhibits a uniformed Marine with clenched fist, superimposed upon Old Glory along with his firearm raised for action. Swann Galleries (New York) marketed and sold each poster during their August 2008 sale for $1,400 and $750, respectively.

Many government agencies called on the American public to pitch in for the war effort. To spur the production of coal, the U.S. Fuel Administration commissioned Whitehead’s 1918 “Mine More Coal.”

With its call to “Stand By the Boys in the Trenches,” the image depicts a soldier and a coal miner, standing side-by-side atop a pile of coal and the thorny barbed-wired ground zero of the trench, the miner with an axe and the soldier had a role to play in winning the war. The poster was included in Swann’s 2008 sale, fetching $425.

Vintage Posters

Periodical illustrator Harrison Fisher (1875-1934), whose stylized imagery of the “Fisher Girl” and also the “American Girl” grew to become designs of female attractiveness during the early 20th century, designed a well-known poster known as “I Summon You Into Comradeship in the Red Cross.” The title had been obtained from a quotation from President Woodrow Wilson; the image depicts a youthful girl holding an American flag together with the Red Cross and U.S. Capitol in the background. This 30″ x 40″ lithograph belonging to the collection of the American Red Cross marketed and sold at Heritage Auction’s February 2010 sale for $310.