"Eagle Hut" World War I American Y.M.C.A. in London Poster, Circa 1918

This is an authentic World War I era poster dating to 1918. The colorful and dynamic poster advertises the Eagle Hut center, operated as a part of the Y.M.C.A. This poster served as an advertisement to American soldiers in London. It depicts two smiling servicemen with an arm outstretched, holding a miniature depiction of the center. The background includes an American shield and eagle. The bottom boarder details the services offered, including beds, meals, billiards, and concerts.

Following the U.S. entry into World War I in April 1917, and subsequent shipment of American soldiers to France for active duty, servicemen centers were established to support troops. These servicemen centers offered shelter, food, and care to active duty servicemen.

Perhaps the most famous of the serviceman's centers was the so-called Eagle Hut, opened in London on September 3, 1917. The Eagle Hut was operated by the Y.M.C.A. It was staffed by some 800 voluntary personnel, and offered overnight accommodation and food for American servicemen passing through London. The center additionally helped with arrangements for London sightseeing tours and entertainment. Turnover was heavy: in February 1919 alone 134,566 meals were served. The Eagle Hut remained open beyond the armistice, finally closing its doors on 25 August 1919.

CONDITION:

Overall very good condition, with no major tears or notable discoloration. Colors are vibrant. Framed and presented using the finest archival materials and procedures.

Framed dimensions: 43" H x 28" W x 1 1/2" D.




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