Puchinger: War Loan 1915.

Erwin Puchuinger War Loan 1915. German war bond poster’s  title trnslatess “ Subscribe to the Third War Loan at 51/2% Interest.” All told, the Germans conducted eight war loan drives during the war. Germany not only financed its own war effort but that off its hapless, Austro-Hungarian allies as well. The Germans and the Austro…

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Biro: To the Front 1915

Mihaly Biro To the Front. 1915. Hungarian text advertises “Easy fights, stunts and games” at this show which includes an army parade with a military band. This extravaganza is organized by the Budapest Garrison for the benefit of military charities under the auspices of the Austrian Empire and the Hungarian Monarchy. Evidently it was so…

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S.O.S. To Berlin 1917.

The only known World War I Poster to depict a black American soldier.  Recently exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.. Two American doughboys, one white one black, sprint across France headed for the Western Front despite their incredibly heavy load of badly needed munitions and military equipment. The more clearly visible of…

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Haase Denktan Uns (Remember Us)

Hasse: Think of Us. ca. 1916.

Hasse: Think of Us. c.1916. Full text reads Think of Us. Help Us reach a Victorious Peace. Buy War Bonds. Printed in Prague, this poster depicts an Austro-Hungarian grenadier striding forward with confidence and steely determination. Starting as early as the late 16th century, grenadiers were infantry soldiers specifically trained to hurl the grenades that…

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Comite Americain pour les Regions Devastees de France-Poster-1

Rare French Posters Speak to the Kindness and Heroism of American Women in Stressful Times

The backstory of these two very rare privately printed French posters is extraordinary. The story revolves around Anne Morgan, a daughter of there financier J.P. Morgan. Anne was vacating in Switzerland when war broke out. Confronted by the ruins of Northern France, Anne decided to parlay her not inconsiderable fortune and social clout into forming…

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