"Enlist in the Navy" WWI Recruitment Poster by George Wright, Circa 1917-1918

This is a United States Navy WWI recruitment poster by the artist George Hand Wright, circa 1917-1918. The composition centers on a long queue of sailors in blue uniforms waiting to board a naval warship. One sailor on the right gestures to a group of men in civilian clothes, inviting them to join the sailors. The flag of the United States is visible in the top right.

"Enlist in the Navy" is printed in red ink at bottom and the subtitle "follow the Boys in Blue for Home and Country" is superimposed in black ink over the composition.  The poster's enlistment and recruitment office information is stamped in lower center with black ink: "Navy Recruiting Station Post Office Bldg., Colo Springs."

Born in Philadelphia, George Hand Wright attended the Spring Garden Institute, a local technical school, where he was apprenticed to a lithographer. He studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Robert Vonnoh, where his classmates included John Sloan and Robert Henri.

He moved to New York City, and his first illustration appeared in Scribner's Magazine in 1893. He illustrated a number of books, and his work soon appeared regularly in magazines such as Scribner's, Harper's, Collier's, The Saturday Evening Post, and many others. Mid-career, Wright turned from commercial illustration to watercolors, pastels, and etchings.

Wright exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the Brooklyn Society of Etchers, the Society of American Etchers, and a number of New York galleries. He was a member of the Society of American Etchers, the Society of Illustrators, the Salmagundi Club, and the Westport Artists. In 1939, he was elected to the National Academy of Design. The Library of Congress has a collection of more than one hundred of his illustrations. A biography, George Hand Wright: An Artist's Life Examined by Kirsten M. Jensen, was published in 2008.


This original poster is presented using the finest archival materials and procedures. It is elegantly framed in a custom black and gold frame. Navy Recruiting Station Post Office Building stamp is very faint.

Framed dimensions: 22.4"H x 27"W x 1.5"D.

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