This Army Air Corps recruitment poster was designed by Tom Woodburn and was issued during World War II, circa 1939. The image features a formation of Seversky P-35 fighters led by an American Eagle bearing the Army Air Corps’ aircraft roundel. Later versions of the poster removed the red circle from the roundel in order to avoid any aesthetic similarity to the Japanese Rising Sun insignia. This famous poster is framed along with an Army Air Corps patch, at bottom.
The U.S. Army Air Corps was the aerial warfare service unit of the U.S. Army between the years of 1926 and 1941. Following World War I, on July 2, 1926, the Army Air Service was renamed the Army Air Corps. The Air Corps later became the United States Army Air Forces in 1941. Posters such as this one encouraged onlookers to do their part in the war effort by enlisting or buying bonds to support the military.
The work was designed by artist Tom B. Woodburn, who was the head of the Recruiting Publicity Bureau during WWII and designed several posters, of which this is one of his earliest and most rare. He was concurrently the editor and art director of the Recruiting News publication. Woodburn's signature is printed from the lithograph stone and is visible at the bottom right side.
Overall very good condition with vibrant coloring still intact. No severe wear is visible, with only a few minor creases and wrinkles. Framed according to conservation standards along with a patch.
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