This is a vintage British WWI Poster, urging viewers to "Fight with National War Bonds." The poster features a woman in classical robes, hosting a British flag in an outstretched hand, with an impassioned and urgent look on her face. The poster was printed in England by Hill, Siffkin, & Co, circa 1917-1918.
During WWII, England relied heavily on the willingness of its citizens to lend money to the government, in the form of war bonds. Posters were published and posted throughout streets and storefronts, urge people to support the war by purchasing War Bonds.
The war ushered in the biggest advertising campaign to date, critical to the wartime communication needs of every combatant: from raising money, recruiting soldiers and boosting volunteer efforts, to spurring production and provoking outrage at enemy atrocities. The stark, colorful graphic designs, created by some of the nation’s leading artists, elicited strong emotions.
This poster is in very good condition. Paper is healthy. Colors are original to the poster and very vibrant. Fold lines from past storage still present and visible, but no splitting at creases. Paper has been flattened. A little bit of surface staining to yellow field. Unframed Size: 29 1/2" H x 19" W.
Poster has been archivally framed in a custom-built black and gold wooden frame. Framed size 30 3/4" Hx 20 1/2" W x 1" D.
This poster was part of the Colonel Edward McCrahon Poster Collection. In 1919, during the final stage of World War I, Colonel Edward H. McCrahon found himself in the devastated French village of Mieux. Among the war-scarred buildings, he came upon a Howard Chandler Christy poster nailed to a door depicting a smiling woman in a navy blue suit declaring, "Yes, I wish I was a man, I'd join the Navy." McCrahon decided to take the poster as a souvenir and continued to collect more World War I posters over the next 16 years.
By 1935 he had obtained thousands, making his collection one of the largest privately owned World War 1 poster collections in America. As his collection increased, he started to expand his scope, including prints from all the major nations in the war, both Allied and Central Powers. McCrahon would frequent antique shops and bookstores, searching for forgotten posters. He even went so far as to advertise in local newspapers. After 16 years compiling his collection, Colonel McCrahon, along with his wife, made selected pieces of their poster collection public, exhibiting them in galleries, libraries, schools such as Middlebury College, and veteran groups such as the National Recovery Administration.
This specific poster is part of this amazing collection and was obtained via the McCrahon estate sale in 2015.