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    World War I Propaganda (Boston Public Safety Committee, 1915). Fine/Very Fine on Linen. Recruitment Poster (23.25" X 32.5") "Enlist," Offset Style, Fred Spear Artwork.
    By far his most famous work, Fred Spear's ghostly illustration invokes one of the greatest tragedies of World War I: the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. In an unprecedented attack, nearly 1,200 passengers met their end in the frigid waters of the Atlantic after a German U-boat caught the civilian ocean liner in its sights. 128 of those unfortunate travelers were American, and the sinking became a rallying cry for the U.S. to officially enter into the European conflict. The ethereal effect of Spear's image is just as impactful as it was in 1915, with professional touchup applied to the folds, a few tears, as well as a couple of very minor chips at the edges. Also addressed was a scratch at the top and a small paper lift in the woman's arm. Still apparent are pinholes, a very minor chip in the top right edge, in addition to a minute post-restoration tear in the left edge. There is, possibly, some slight fading to the colors, however this could also be due to printing. The linen was trimmed to the borders and very slightly into the edges in a couple of places, but this does not affect the image by any measure.


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