WAR POSTERS OF THE 20th CENTURY
- Howard Chandler Christy. (1873-1852). Fight or Buy Bonds. Third Liberty Loan. Boston: Forbes, 1917. 40 x 30 (sheet). Screen print. Repaired tears into image with wear in some areas along paper edge. $900
- Howard Chandler Christy. (1873-1852). Clear The Way!! Buy Bonds. Fourth Liberty Loans. Ca. 1918. 29 3/4 x 19 3/4 (sheet). Chromolithograph. Printed by Niagara Lithographic Company. Horizontal crease at bottom with numerous pin holes along top edge. Chip into image left hand side. $750
- Howard Chandler Christy. (1873-1852). Americans All. Victory Liberty Loan. Boston: Forbes, 1919. 40 x 27 (sheet). Screen print. Several repaired tears into image. Soft horizontal fold across middle of poster. $700
- Haskell Coffin. (1878-1941). Joan of Arc Saved France--Women of America, save your country--Buy War Savings Stamps. New York: United States Printing and Lithograph Co., 1918. 40 1/4 x 30 (sheet). Screen print. Repaired tears along margin edges with some into image. Soft horizontal crease. Wear along margin edges. $450
- Dewey. Our Daddy is fighting at the Front for You - Back him up - Buy a United States Gov't Bond of the 2nd Liberty Loan of 1917. 28 1/4 x 18 3/8. Chromolithograph. Repaired tear in upper left, approx. 4" from margin, not affecting image. [Two small, smiling children dressed in red, white and blue, holding a flag appeal to the public.] $300
- Harvey Dunn. (1884-1952). They are Giving All, Will You Share Your Food with Them? Washington,D.C.: United States Food Administration, 1918. 36 x 55 1/2 (sheet). Lithograph printed by W.F. Powers Co. Three vertical folds. Repaired tears in margin and image. Bottom right corner replaced. $600
- P.G. Morgan. Keep this Hand of Mercy at its work. War Fund Week. One Hundred Million Dollars. [Second War Fund]. Ca. 1918. 27 3/8 x 20 1/2 (sheet). Crease in bottom right hand corner of image with a few small minor chips in margin right hand side. $200
- Herbert Paus. (1880-1946). To Make The World A Decent Place To Live. Third Liberty Loan. Chicago: Edwards & Deutsch, 1918. 36 x 56 (sheet). Lithograph. Two vertical folds. Repaired tears along margins some into image. Very scarce. $900
- Joseph Pennell. (1860-1926) The Court of Honor, South Broad St. Philadelphia. Designed by Advisory Committee of Artists for the Victory Loan Campaign April 21st to May 10th 1919. 1919. Lithograph Ketterlinus Litho Co. 32 x 22. [Design for a tribute along South Broad Street] $400
- Henry Patrick Raleigh (1880-1945). Hun or Home? Buy More Liberty Bonds. Chicago: Edwards & Deutsch Litho. Co., 1917-18. 30 x 20. With small replaced section at bottom right, mostly margin. [Woman carrying infant flees approaching German soldier.] $275
- L. A. Shaffer. "They Kept the Sea Lanes Open-Invest in the Victory Liberty Loan." New York: W.F. Powers, Co., 1919. 27 1/2 x 37 1/4 (image and title). Chromolithograph. Several repaired tears just into image. Print is not backed on linen. Else very good condition. Framed. $950
- A.M. Upjohn. Happy Childhood the World over Join the Junior Red Cross. Ca. 1918. 37 3/4 x 24 1/2 (sheet). Repaired tear just into image left hand side. Full margins with some soft bends. Else, very good condition. Rare. [girl skipping in country]. $1,200
- A.M. Upjohn. This Baby - has had a mother's care - Millions of Babies in Europe have not - 'The Greatest Mother' wants to help those other Babies. Ca. 1919. 30 1/2 x 20 1/2 (sheet). Angled crease in top left and bottom right corners. $750
- My Daddy Bought Me a Government Bond of the Third Liberty Loan Did Yours? Ca. 1918. Printed by the United States Printing and Lithographic Co. Small chip on left edge of paper with some soft bends. Numerous pinholes along top edge of paper. Print registration slightly off. Scarce. $600
WORLD WAR II
All posters were printed in Washington by the United States Government Printing Office and were folded at the time for storage. Otherwise, all posters are in very good condition unless noted, and have narrow margins as issued. A description of the image is in brackets.
Government office abbreviations used:
OWI: Office of War Information.
DIOEM: Division of Information Office for Emergency Management
WPB: War Production Board.
- John Atherton. "Buy a Share in America. United States Defense Bonds." 1941. 13 x 9 1/4. Backed with linen. [Hand shake of Uncle Sam and citizen with image of a factory in background] $175
- Cecil Beall. "Seventh War Loan-- Now All Together." [U.S. Marines at Iwo Jima after the Associated Press photo]. Washington: U.S. Treasury, 1945. 37 1/8 x 26 (paper size). Color photo off-set. Several short tears into image expertly repaired. Poster backed with rice paper. With folds as issued. Otherwise, very good condition. Hard to find in this size. $650
- Steve Broder. United Nations Fight for Freedom. 1942. 39 3/4 x 28 1/2. Color photo-offset. OWI #19. [Statue of Liberty with numerous colorful UN flags above and right; on black background]. $125
Anton Otto Fischer. (1882-1962).
Leon Helguera. (1899-1970).
- A Careless Word... A Needless Sinking. 1942. 37 x 28 1/4. Color photo-offset. OWI #24. Folded in 16ths as issued. Repaired tears in image. [Colorful and dramatic scene of a merchant crew in lifeboat in foreground with ship sinking in flames in background]. $400
- I'm Counting on You! Don't Discuss: Troop Movements - Ship Sailings - War Equipment. 1943. 21 1/2 X 15. Color photo-offset. OWI #78. [Uncle Sam with a finger to his lips; red, white and blue]. $175
- Roir(?) Use a Pay Day During the War, to Buy a Pay Day After the War. 1943. 27 3/4 x 22. Color photo offset. [Cartoon of factory worker getting paid and buying war bonds at the same time; in blue]. $75
- Howard Scott. "Closed for the Duration. Loose Talk Can Cost Lives." 1942. 19 3/4 x 14. Backed with linen. Distributed by British and American Ambulance Corp., New York. [Two pieces of tape in form of an "X" over a man's mouth] $125
Robert Sloan. (b. 1915).
Artist and publisher unknown. Most likely published in-house by Philco between 1941-1945. 22 x 17 on poster board as issued. Silk screen with some color and tape overlay. Some with spotting and staining as to be expected. Otherwise, very good condition.
Philco Philadelphia Storage Battery Company was a pioneer in early battery, radio and television production. The company began in 1906 making batteries for electric vehicles and ventured into the radio business for home and automobiles. After the war Ford bought the company to make car radios and many other products. During World War II Philco manufactured radios and munitions for the military and helped develop radar and the proximity fuse for artillery shells. These posters were probably posted in the factories to foster morale and to remind and to stress to employees the importance of maintaining the quality of their products. Throughout the history of printing, broadsides and posters supporting a country's military aims have been made and displayed whenever war broke out. World War II was no exception, and the many bright images printed in the United States in the 1940s illustrate the importance of these psychological icons. These dramatic posters, issued by Philco, are excellent examples of the genre.
- "Mistakes Cost More than Dough. Maintain Philco Quality." [image of a dead soldier with an example of a Philco radio in foreground]. $375
- "Stop Him with Philco Quality." [image of a Japanese soldier aiming a rifle]. Small losses of printed surface along left edge. $400
- "Give Them Hell with a Shell. Maintain Philco Quality." [image of a long line of artillery shells]. Water stain upper left hand corner with spots at bottom. $450
- "Maintain Philco Quality in the Air." [image of a pilot on a bomb run over Japan with an example of a Philco radio in foreground]. Water stain upper left corner; scattered spots in image. $450
- "Philco Quality." [image of an airman carrying a Philco radio to a B-29 named Toyko Limited]. Production Illustration. Industrial Engineering Dept. $425
- "Triumph over Tyranny. Buy War Bonds." Washington: Government Printing Office, 1942. 60 x 40. With folds as issued. Three inch chip in upper left hand corner of image replaced with several expertly repaired tears and small holes along folds. $450
- Buy War Bonds- Make your own Declaration of War. 1942. 27 3/4 x 22. [Drawing of U.S. combat soldier and facsimile of the Declaration of War]. $150
- "You Too Can Fight-- by Giving. United War Chest January 24 February 10." No date. 20 1/4 x 13. [US combat soldier] $95
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