Offered is an original World War I poster dating to 1918 by Warren Keith. The poster features the title "Join the Air Service / Give 'Er the Gun" at top. At bottom are the words "Learn Earn" in large block letters. The recruitment poster was published by Edwards & Deutsch Litho. Co. out of Chicago. The poster design depicts a pair of aviation mechanics, with one in the foreground and a second behind him facing the opposite direction. Behind them is a large silhouette of a biplane, with various other airships circling overhead. This early recruitment poster for the United Army Air Service features a large red, white and blue emblem at the front.
The poster was issued as a recruitment material for the United States Army Air Service, which was the aerial warfare branch of the U.S. Army between 1918 and 1926 and was a forerunner of the U.S. Air Force. The branch was established as a branch of the U.S. War Department during WWI and replaced the Aviation Section Signal Corps. This dynamic poster encourages onlookers to join the cause and enlist with the service. The artist, Warren Keith, has signed his work in the lithograph stone. The printed signature is visible in the left bottom corner, just below the airplane's wing.
Overall very good condition. No severe wear is visible, and coloring is bright. The work has been framed according to conservation standards in a custom, black frame.
Framed dimensions: 33" H x 23" W x 1 1/2" D.
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