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    World War I Propaganda (U.S. Government, 1917). Recruitment Poster (27" X 41.25") "Destroy This Mad Brute," Harry R. Hopps Artwork.
    Propaganda posters from the First World War often took a raw, unflinching tone in an attempt to create awareness of wartime efforts and boost patriotism amongst Americans. A perfect example is this indelible image by artist Harry R. Hopps, depicting Kaiser Wilhelm in the form of a hulking, salivating, plundering primate, threatening to bring destruction down upon the shores of America. The wild-eyed beast dons a "militarism" spiked pickelhaube helmet while clutching a bloody trench club inscribed "kultur" in his right hand. As an effective final touch, he grasps a half nude young woman with his left, leaving no doubt about the barbaric nature of the Germans. Along with this incredibly potent imagery, a pointed message to recruits shouts "Destroy This Mad Brute - Enlist!" Heritage rarely has this poster up for auction, and the response from collectors has been quite favorable. Professional restoration to this stone litho piece has addressed some paper loss in the bottom border, as well as tears in the borders and interior. One of these tears extended from the top edge through "The Brute's" image. One of the most impactful "call to duty" pieces of World War I propaganda, this poster is an exceptional find. Fine+ on Linen.




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