Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan; WWI Poster They Keep The Sea Lanes Open Shafer [Original; LINEN BACKED]. L. A. Shafer, Leon Alaric Shafer.
Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan; WWI Poster They Keep The Sea Lanes Open Shafer [Original; LINEN BACKED]
Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan; WWI Poster They Keep The Sea Lanes Open Shafer [Original; LINEN BACKED]
Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan; WWI Poster They Keep The Sea Lanes Open Shafer [Original; LINEN BACKED]
Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan; WWI Poster They Keep The Sea Lanes Open Shafer [Original; LINEN BACKED]
Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan; WWI Poster They Keep The Sea Lanes Open Shafer [Original; LINEN BACKED]
Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan; WWI Poster They Keep The Sea Lanes Open Shafer [Original; LINEN BACKED]
Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan; WWI Poster They Keep The Sea Lanes Open Shafer [Original; LINEN BACKED]
Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan; WWI Poster They Keep The Sea Lanes Open Shafer [Original; LINEN BACKED]

Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan; WWI Poster They Keep The Sea Lanes Open Shafer [Original; LINEN BACKED]

New York: W. F. Powers Co., [1919]. Linen-Backed Poster. An Original World War I [World War One] Lithographic Poster 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. Germany had created its first submarine (which the Germans called a "U-Boat" in 1906), to which German Engineers quickly made improvements to create highly effective movable underwater weapons which became a terror of the open seas. (Wilhelm I of Germany desired to build an Empire like that of the British, one that would reflect Germany's global importance and saw a powerful navy as a means of creating and controlling it as the British did their own.) America's Navy was called upon to keep the sea lanes open and to secure them for American Troops and transportation ships with supplies to sustain the Allies during the War. The Liberty Loan program gave the United States the funds desperately needed to fund a naval force strong enough to counter the effectiveness of the German U-boats. Leon Alaric Shafer was an American painter, etcher, and illustrated well-known for his military and maritime subjects and created this Poster. This rich and colorful Poster by Shafer depicts an American Destroyer protecting a passenger liner at sea from a German U-Boat and shows the newly damaged U-Boat emerging from the deep with members of its crew on the vessel's top with their arms raised in surrender. This is a remarkable original Poster with the colors remaining bright and vibrant. The Poster, which measures approximately 39 1/4 inches X approximately 29 1/4 inches, is mounted on a larger linen backing which itself measures approximately 43 1/4 inches X 33 1/4 inches. 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 #3162

Price: $1,475.00

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