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    World War I Propaganda (American Field Service, 1917). Recruitment Poster (22.5" X 33.5") "American Field Service," Josef Pierre Nuyttens Artwork.
    An economist and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, Abram Piatt Andrew, Jr. traveled to France shortly after the outbreak of the WWI to found the American Ambulance Field Service. Initially, Andrew and other Americans drivers volunteered to transport wounded Frenchmen between railroad stations and hospitals. In 1915, however, Andrew secured permission for the American volunteers to drive directly to the front lines, under the command of the French army. Its volunteer ranks swelled as American Field Service drivers served in every subsequent major battle on French soil. The ambulances transported supplies and ammunition as well as more than half a million wounded. When the United States entered the war in April, 1917, the U.S. Army took over the ambulance operations, but Andrew continued to lead the service. By that point, the American Field Service had created 34 ambulance sections and 14 truck sections, staffed by 1,200 volunteers; 2,100 men and women had volunteered over the course of the two years. Such men as Walt Disney, Ernest Hemingway and John Dos Passos were drivers in the service. Belgian artist Josef Pierre Nuyttens (1885-1960) designed this poster to recruit volunteers for the service. Andrew had set up a Boston-based office for the service to enlist new drivers and raise money from U.S. donors. The exciting poster portrayed a vehicle identified as Transport Américain, with one uniformed man at the wheel and another riding on the running board, as missiles explode overhead. Touchup has been applied to pinholes in the corners and a couple of corner bends. Very Fine+ on Linen.


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