"The U.S. Marines Want You" Vintage WWII Recruitment Poster, 1940

This is an original World War II Marines recruitment poster, issued in 1940. The poster depicts a no-nonsense Marine drill instructor, pointing directly at the viewer, in front of a 48-star American flag.  The persuasive text, "The U.S. Marines Want You,” is a play on James Montgomery Flagg’s famous "Uncle Sam Wants You" WWI poster.  The poster urges viewers to “Enlist Today”, a statement that is followed a printed address for the local recruitment office, "356 U.S. Court House, Chigao, Ill." 

In World War II, Marines played a central role in the Pacific War, participating in nearly every significant battle. During the war, the Corps grew from two brigades to two corps with six divisions, and five air wings with 132 squadrons. In addition, 20 Defense Battalions and  a Parachute Battalion were also set up. In all, the Corps totaled at a maximum end strength of over 475,000 Marines, the highest in its history. Posters such as this one were crucial in recruiting young men to join the Marines. 

CONDITION:

Very good condition. Color is strong and vibrant. Paper is healthy with only minor edgewear and light scuffing. Unframed Dimensions: 40" H x 28 1/8” W.

Poster has been artfully framed in a custom-built black wooden frame with acid-free backing and UV Plexiglas. Framed Dimensions: 42 1/4" H x 30 1/8" W x 3/4" D.




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