"Join the Air Service and Serve in France" Vintage WWI Recruitment Poster by J. Paul Verrees, 1917

This is very scarce WWI recruiting poster for the Army Air Service. The poster dramatically features a two-man open cockpit biplane with American and French markings flying against a red sky background. In the foreground, two uniformed spotters look on. The poster reads "Join the Air Service and Serve in France" with further urging "Do It Now" at bottom left. The poster is signed and dated, in stone, "J. Paul Verrees 1917" at lower right corner. 

At the bottom of the poster is a white field, overprinted in red with, “Apply to Aviation Examining Board/ Clinical Bldg., Yale University New Haven”. The entry of America into World War I in April 1917 saw great efforts to recruit new pilots for the nascent Army Air Service, the precursor to the United States Air Force.

Posters such as this rare example were used to attract more than 40,000 applicants, 15,000 of whom would go on to complete their training and serve in France. The Army Air Service, like the Navy, was dependent on recruiting; however, only the Army had a selective enlistment system.


Original color lithograph, in very good condition. Paper is very healthy, save small tears and creases in text banner affixed at bottom. Color is vibrant, with very minimal fading. The poster was printed by Ketterlinus, in Philadelphia, and was designed and drawn on stone by J. Paul Verrees. Poster size 42”H x 25”W.

Poster has been artfully and archivally presented in a custom-built black and gold wooden frame.

Framed dimensions: 43”H x 38”W x 1”D.

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