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
- 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
- A Careless Word--: A Needless Loss. 1943. 28 x 22. Color photo-offset. OWI #36. [A sailor lies dead amid shallow waves on a beach.] $225
- 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).
- Doing All You Can, Brother? - Buy War Bonds. 1943. Color photo-offset. 28 x 22. [Head and shoulders view of Army lieutenant with bloody bandaged head; stormy desolate battlefield in background]. $250
- Doing All You Can, Brother? - Buy War Bonds. 1943. 40 x 28 3/8. Color photo-offset. [Head and shoulders view of Army lieutenant with bloody bandaged head; stormy desolate battlefield in background]. $450
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.
- "Maintain Philco Quality." [The bridge and three guns of a battleship with an example of a Philco radio pasted onto poster]. Minor spots at bottom of image. $450
- "Keep 'Em Rolling with Philco Quality." [Sherman tank in a landscape with an example of a Philco radio in foreground]. Spots in bottom of image. $375
- "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
- "Hit 'Em with Philco Quality." [image of a PT boat destroying an enemy ship with an example of a Philco radio in foreground] Water stain upper left corner; spots along bottom edge. $375
- "On the Home Stretch. Maintain Philco Quality." [image of an arrow that indicates the various islands taken from the Japanese ending at the island of Japan] A shadow of where an image of a proximity fuse was once pasted. $350
- "Philco Quality." [image of an airman carrying a Philco radio to a B-29 named Toyko Limited]. Production Illustration. Industrial Engineering Dept. $425
- "Philco's Participation in the 7th War Loan Drive will be during the first two weeks in May. Your purchase of bonds through payroll deduction from April 9th through July 7th will be applied toward our quota of $500,000." [with image of famous flag raising scene on Iwo Jima]. $400
- "NOW! The British Army must have AMBULANCES to replace those lost in Flanders. Contribute today to the British-American Ambulance Corps." No date. 22 1/4 x 17 3/4. Backed with linen. Wear at corners. [Ambulance speeding away from combat area] $175
- "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
- "'Every man woman and child is a partner' -- President Roosevelt. In 1942 60,000 planes 45,000 tanks 20,000 A.A. guns 8,000,000 tons of ships." WPB. 1942. 28 x 40. [Civilians walking, as to work at production jobs] $125
- "You Too Can Fight-- by Giving. United War Chest January 24 February 10." No date. 20 1/4 x 13. [US combat soldier] $95
- "Whistle the Tune of It; Use it as a Greeting; Tap it out in Code; Wear it on your Coat; Put it in your Window. Join this Crusade for Freedom! V is for Victory! Bundles for Britain." No date. 8 1/4 x 5 1/4. Backed with linen. $20
- We Have Just Begun to Fight. 1943. 39 3/4 x 28 1/4. OWI #62. Black and white photo-offset. [Stirring image of a U.S. combat soldier urging comrades forward with a list of battles fought in South Pacific and North Africa]. $300
- Warning Aliens. 21 x 16. Issued by Army Service Forces. Office of the Provost marshal General. in red, black blue. [Warning to Aliens who give mis-information for employment in defense industry]. $25
- A Word of Thanks . . . American Red Cross. 28 x 22. Printed in black and red. $30
- Could this be you?: Don't travel--unless your trip helps win the war. 1945. 28 x 22. b&w and blue. [Four cartoon images show wealthy travelers with luggage, citing various excuses for trips, including business/golf excursions, and visiting children.] $100
- For their future. Buy War Bonds. 1943. 28 x 22. Color. [Mother holding child with a toy black lamb in foreground. A picture frame is drawn around the image with a brass plaque at the bottom and the words of the last sentence of the title inscribed on it.] $125
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