WAR POSTERS OF THE 20th CENTURY
- 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
- 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
- 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
- J. Basté(?) Banque Industrielle de Chine. 74, Rue St. Lazare Paris. 4e Emprunt National. 46 x 31 1/4. Chromolithograph by Imp. Creté, Paris. Lower left corner missing, only margin affected. [Marianne, sword in hand, tosses a bag of gold coins labeled 4th National Loan, to crush completely a German soldier already floundering in gold from earlier loans.] $275
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
- Melbourne Brindle. (b.c. 1904) Bundles for Berlin. More Production. 1942. 40 x 28 1/2. Color photo-offset. [Men loading payload into bomb bay of a plane]. $600
- 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
- F.G. Cooper. (1883-1962). Keep the home front pledge: pay no more than ceiling prices: pay your points in full. 1944. 28 x 22. Color photo-offset. With repaired tear in image. [A woman in an apron raises her right hand to make a pledge.] $100
Anton Otto Fischer. (1882-1962).
Daniel Koerner. (1909-1977).
- 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
- United We are Strong. United We Will Win. 1943. 55 1/4 X 39 3/4. Color photo-offset. OWI #64. [Powerful image representing the industrial & military superiority of the Allies. Numerous immense cannon barrels, each draped with a different Allied flag, emitting a fiery barrage in unison; in red, blue, yellow, orange and black]. $350
- Joe Richards. "Join the U.S. Marines!" 1941. 11 x 21. On thin board as issued. [Three marines saluting viewer] $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]. $275
- Ferdinand Warren. (1899-1981). Attack Attack Attack. Buy War Bonds. 1942. 40 1/4 x 28 1/4. Color photo-offset. [Soldiers in foreground with bayonets and machine guns reach the beach head, while reinforcements arrive on the beach below, air support flies above and a battleship is visible in the distance.] Larger example of image listed above. $400
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
- Postmark U.S.A. Somewhere 'out there' a boy communes with his Dad. And let's write our boys...Every day! A Short Subject Produced by Paramount Pictures Inc. Educational Film Division in Cooperation with the National Association of Manufacturers. 40 3/4 x 27. [Photograph of a U.S. airman reading his son's letter with a photo montage of family and friends above; in red]. $75
- 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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