Sociéte Central des Banques de Province, Vintage WWI Poster, Circa 1918

Courboin, Eugene, Sociéte Central des Banques de Province. 1918.

Presented is an original World War I poster from 1918 entitled Sociéte Central des Banques de Province. The piece was designed by French illustrator and artist Eugene Courboin, a well-known illustrator of the Art Nouveau period. The propaganda poster was produced in France to encourage positive relations between France and the United States during WWI.

The poster was produced to encourage viewers to subscribe to the loan at the Central Company of Provincial Banks. Artist Courboin produced the poster to remind the viewer of the historical links between France and America and the need for reciprocal help. Center in the composition is a figure on horseback, dressed in traditional attire. His clothes and appearance are rendered in monochromatic color. This figure represents a statue of the Marquis de Lafayette, the French general who fought for the United States during the Revolutionary War and made a significant impact across the U.S. on his Grand Tour. In stark contrast is a figure of “Uncle Sam,” the symbol of the United States, dressed in vibrant red, white, and blue. Uncle Sam shakes hands with the statue of Lafayette to show a consistent relationship between the two countries. The image symbolizes how the United States is coming to the aid of its old ally by sending fresh troops to help the French army.


This vintage poster was acquired from the Colonel Edward McCrahon Poster Collection. It is in overall good condition with age appropriate wear. The poster has been framed according to the highest conservation standards in a custom black frame.

Framed dimensions: 47 1/4" H x 32 1/4" W x 1 3/8" D

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