"Army Life is Great" Vintage Army Recruitment Poster by H. R. Davis, c. 1920

This postwar poster was designed by H. R. Davis in the 1920s. Depicting six US soldiers galloping with nine horses, the scene evokes a sense of excitement in the viewer as the horses’ hooves step past the frame. Just above an eagle with spread wings reads, “ARMY LIFE IS GREAT!” with “BETTER MEN” and “BETTER CITIZENS” on either side. Below the scene, the poster offers “ADVENTURE,” “EDUCATION,” and “GOOD PAY,” stating “You can join / RECRUITING STATIONS EVERYWHERE.” In fine print at the bottom right corner declares the poster was printed by the Engineer Reproduction Plant, U.S. Army in Washington, D.C.

Just after the First World War, soldiers were eager to get home. The U.S. still required an occupying force in areas like the Rhineland, but in the 1920s the enlistment numbers were dwindling. The United States Army fought to maintain recruitment numbers by highlighting other benefits offered by enlisting in the military. Offering world travel and exciting adventure, the Army aimed to entice new people to join. Posters like these promoted the military as a career and not simply a duty in times of war.


Overall age appropriate condition. The 1920s poster has some small repaired tears and overpainting in the top right corner. Some minor creasing, but otherwise the poster is in good condition. The work has been framed according to archival standards.

Framed Dimensions: 28” H x 22” W x 1 ½” D

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