Presented is a stunning WWI War Savings Stamps Poster designed by the famous Haskell Coffin. This poster was published in 1918 by the U.S. Treasury to promote the Victory Liberty Bonds. It features winged Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, holding out a palm branch with her golden sword. The work reads, “Share in the Victory / Save for Your Country / Save for Yourself / Buy War Savings Stamps.” In the bottom right corner, is Coffin’s printed signature and in the middle of the title is “W.S.S. War Savings Stamps Issued by the United States Government.”
Propaganda such as this was used to promote various war fundraising drives. This one in particular advertised the fifth and final Liberty Loan used to help finance the U.S. through WWI. Famous and beloved artists were often hired to design these attention-grabbing posters. Haskell Coffin had a long and very successful career outside of war bond posters and was one of the most recognized artists of the time. He created works for many influential publishers such as the “Saturday Evening Post” and “The American Magazine.” Coffin was most famous for his beautiful portrayals of American women that were commonly referred to as “Coffin Girls.” This poster is no exception to Coffin’s classic style; the image of Nike is a stunning woman with short hair standing gracefully and calling on U.S. citizens to help guide their country to victory.
Overall very good condition. There are some minor creases, but they do not impact the content of the poster. The colors are still bright and the work is beautifully presented in a custom archival frame.
Framed Dimensions: 32.5” H x 22.5” W x 1.5” D
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