This is an original World War II Marines recruitment poster, designed by Joe Richards. The poster, a color lithograph, was issued on November 28, 1941, less than 10 days before the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The poster depicts two Marines at left and right, with a white empty body shape in between them, for someone to enlist and fill. The persuasive text, "Reserved for you!", printed in blue and white, sits beneath the Marines logo. At bottom is the printed address for the local recruitment office, "949 9th Street, N.W., Washington"
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.
Poster is in good condition. Color is bright and eye-catching. Paper is healthy. Margins intact. Printed at the bottom is "MCPB 93033 11-28-41 10M." "433PB" is printed at the bottom left margin. Poster is sold unframed, as-is. Unframed Dimensions: 13 7/8"H x 10 7/8"W (sheet size).