This is a vintage World War II poster by Bernard Perlin from 1943. The poster features the years 1778, at top left in white, and 1943, at top right in dark grey. At the bottom of the poster are the words "Americans will always fight for liberty" in dark block letters. Two sets of soldiers stand at the ready. On the left under the "1778" are soldiers dressed in traditional colonial uniforms, relating to the American Revolutionary War. On the right under the year "1943" is a line of marching soldiers dressed in more contemporary uniforms, relating to the WWII soldiers that were actively fighting during the year of this poster's production.
During the Second World War, the United States Government sought to promote patriotism through the production of encouraging and influential war posters. This image reminded onlookers of the patriotism that has been a fundamental part of the American spirit since the start of the nation. The two dates above, 1778 and 1943, correspond to the soldiers pictured below. While the two groups starkly contrast one another, they are united under a common interest to fight for their country.
Bernard Perlin (1918-2014) was a famous and influential poster designer during the 20th century. Perlin attended the New York School of Design and later the Arts Students League. He began work for the Office of War Information and later served as an artist correspondent for Life and Fortune magazines. His wartime posters are well known and highly collected, including his "Let ‘Em Have It" and "Americans Always Fight For Liberty" posters.
This vintage poster is conservation mounted, linen backed, and in excellent condition overall. It has been framed according to conservation standards in a black frame.
Framed Dimensions: 31" H x 25" W x 1 1/2" D.