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    World War I Propaganda (U.S. Government Printing Office, 1917). Recruitment Poster (25" X 37") "Join the Air Service and Serve in France. Do it Now!"
    At the start of the Great War, the airplane was only ten years old, and the U.S. military ranked 16th in the world, just behind Portugal. By July of 1917, General John J. Pershing requested a force of one million men. To appeal to potential recruits, a propaganda campaign was crafted by the Committee on Public Information that included recruiting posters by some of America's top illustrators. Themes of honor, patriotism, adventure, education, and heroism filled these dramatic, call-to-action pieces. Offered here is an extremely rare, original poster promoting the Army Air Service, the precursor to the United States Air Force. Artist Jozef Paul Verrees renders a biplane shown with its pilot in an open air cockpit and two spotters, one looking through binoculars. With spectacular color, this gorgeous full-bleed poster has been restored to address a small chip and tear in the upper left corner, and a pinhole in the upper right corner. The linen is trimmed to the edge, but does not go into the poster. Very Fine on Linen.


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