"Clear the Way !!" Fourth Liberty Loan Poster by Howard Chandler Christy, 1919

Presented is an original Howard Chandler Christy poster from 1919 entitled "Clear the Way! Buy Bonds." The poster was produced in New York by Niagara Litho. as  part of the Fourth Liberty Loan.

This is a half-sheet color lithograph published during WWI. The poster features a female personification of America, Columbia, above a naval gun crew in action. Columbia is surrounded by an American flag while below, sailors load a torpedo into a canon aboard a ship.

Howard Chandler Christy (1873-1952) was an American artist renowned for his painted portraits. He worked predominantly during wartime to produce patriotic posters for the U.S. Marines and Navy. Christy was also known for his depictions of women on posters, which were often highly feminine and beautiful, yet many times defied gender norms and depicted the ideal "new woman" of the early 1900s. These female figures became known as "Christy Girls" and could be spotted on any number of World War I patriotic posters.

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition. Some scattered creases and folds. Bright coloring intact. Scattered creases and folds. Christy's signature is visible in the bottom left corner, signed in the lithograph stone. 

This poster has been archivally framed in a custom built black and gold wooden frame. Framed dimensions: 31 1/2" H x 21 1/2" W" 1 1/2" D.




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