Norton: Keep These Off the U.S.A. 1918.



John Norton: Keep These Off the U.S.A. 1918. Blood soaked boots convey a sense of the horrors that await Americans if the Allies lose this war. The imperial eagle visible above the blood stains identifies the Hun. The single bloody spur reminds us of the horse and rider relationship enforced by the Germans on the conquered. Poster in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. Curator Stuart Wrede  noted its importance in the MoMA publication The Modern Poster as the first image to reduce the figure, representing an entire civilization, to a shoe. This legacy was carried on by, of all people, Andy Warhol in his famous shoe images. 40×30 near mint, conservation backed.

Bibliography: Walton Rawls Wake Up, America! page 214, Alain Weill The Poster =- A Worldwide Survey and History page 224: Stuart Wrede The Modern Poster, page 70.