"EEE-YAH-YIP. Go Over with U.S. Marines" Vintage WWI Poster, 1917

This is a striking 1917  WWI U.S. Marines recruitment poster by the famed poster artist Charles Buckles Falls. The poster depicts a Marine leading a charge, cheering as he raises his fixed bayonet rifle over his head. The poster has a bold orange field with strong black block text. The text reads, “E-E-E-YAH-YIP/ GO OVER WITH/ U. S. MARINES.''

When Congress and President Woodrow Wilson declared war on Germany in April of 1917, the government’s overarching goal was to persuade a traditionally isolationist American populace to invest and support the European war effort. They needed support financially, through the purchase of war bonds and rationing, and emotionally, through volunteer service, displays of patriotism, and shared sacrifice. 

New government organizations, especially the Committee on Public Information, were tasked with putting out a singular patriotic message, achieved primarily through posters and printed pamphlets. The war ushered in the biggest advertising campaign to date, critical to the wartime communication needs of every combatant. The stark and colorful graphic designs, created by some of the nation’s leading artists, elicited strong emotions. The posters played to the fears, frustrations, and faith in freedoms that lingered in people's minds during the war. 

Charles Buck Falls was an illustrious American artist, illustrator, and designer. He worked for several plays designing sets and costumes, was employed by lithographic companies as an etcher and master printer, and freelanced as a newspaper and poster illustrator. He is best known, however, for the posters he designed for the Victory book campaigns of WWI and WWII. 

CONDITION: 

Lithograph, with bright original color. Paper is in good condition, save minor marginal blemishes. Poster is newly linen backed. 

Poster has been archivally framed in a custom black wooden frame. 

Framed dimensions: 32 1/2" H x 25 1/2" W x 1 1/2" D.





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