Americans All! Victory Liberty Loan: Du Bois, Smith et. al. Howard Chandler Christy.
Americans All! Victory Liberty Loan: Du Bois, Smith et. al.
Americans All! Victory Liberty Loan: Du Bois, Smith et. al.
Americans All! Victory Liberty Loan: Du Bois, Smith et. al.
Americans All! Victory Liberty Loan: Du Bois, Smith et. al.
Americans All! Victory Liberty Loan: Du Bois, Smith et. al.
Americans All! Victory Liberty Loan: Du Bois, Smith et. al.

Americans All! Victory Liberty Loan: Du Bois, Smith et. al.

Boston: Forbes, 1919. Howard Chandler Christy. First Edition. Linen-backed Poster. A Fine copy of this ORIGINAL LIBERTY LOAN POSTER designed by Howard Chandler Christie and showing Lady Columbia (an Allegorical female figure of America) hanging a wreath above the Honor Roll, being a list of ethnic European surnames united in generous sacrifice for America. This beautiful Poster measures approximately 26 3/4 inches X approximately 40 inches and which has been professionally mounted on Linen measuring approximately 30 3/4 inches X 44 1/4 inches and was issued to promote the Fifth Liberty Loan, the final of the Liberty Bonds, itself designated as the "Victory Loan", making this Poster one of the last American Posters issued in World War I to encourage support of the War. The United States entered the war in 1917. [On April 2, 1917, President Wilson went before a joint session of Congress to request a declaration of War against Germany, citing Germany's violation of its promise to suspend unrestricted submarine warfare in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean (which included attacks against American naval forces as well as passenger and commercial ships serving other European nations), as well as the American-perceived attempts by Germany to entice Mexico into an alliance against United States. Once the United States entered the War, the U.S. Government needed to raise funds to pay for tanks, airplanes, ships, as well ammunition, to fight the war. In order to raise large sums quickly, the Government issued war bonds in a Liberty Loans program. The posters encouraged civilians to purchase a Liberty Loan bond which the purchaser could later sell back to the Government at a profit. The Poster's artist was famed American Artist Howard Chandler Christy and, unlike the earlier Posters, this Poster was issued was launched in April 1919, more than 5 months after the war ended. Two million men were still overseas and the government needed more funds to support them and to eventually bringe them home. The Honor Roll here appeals to Americans of different nationalities who had family perish in combat, trying toconvince Americans that it was their patriotic duty to buy war bonds by thus listing names from many different nationalities on the Honor Roll. Christy (January 10, 1872 – March 3, 1952) was a portrait painter whose sitters included presidents, senators, industrialists, movies stars, and socialites. From Wikipedia: "Christy first attracted attention with his realistic illustrations and several articles as a combat artist during the Spanish–American War that included the Battle of Las Guasimas, the Battle of El Caney and the Battle of San Juan Hill, published in Scribner's, Harper's, and Leslie's Weekly magazines, and in Collier's Weekly. Christy gained especial prominence with the series, Men of the Army and Navy, and a portrait of Colonel Roosevelt that appeared on the cover of his Rough Riders series published in Scribner's. These illustrations propelled Christy to national prominence. From this, he decided to turn away from war and painting men in uniform. Instead, he yearned for beauty and created the "Christy Girl", redefining the portrayal of women in America through his illustrations and portraits. He painted patriotic posters for the US Navy and US Marine Corps. He is also known for his illustrations of the works of such as the well-known war correspondent, Richard Harding Davis." In spite of its great age, this Poster shows very little damage. The Professional mounting of the poster on Linen protects its integrity and any tears or other damage is very difficult to discern. [The images show spots were a tear may have existed, but the mounting of the Poster on Linen would have closed the tears, and the images include parts of the Poster which may have been torn, but even though we posted the images of places where a tear MAY have been present, in each case we are not sure that a tear was ever there.] A STUNNING ORIGINAL OF THIS NOTABLE WORLD WAR I POSTER. Originals of the Poster in a condition as nice as is this one are EXCEEDINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND ON THE MARKET. [The Poster will ship rolled.]. Near fine. Item #3161

Price: $835.00

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