Orr: For Home and Country 1919.



Alfred Orr: For Home and Country 1919. Poster’s title is a play on the British rallying cry “For King and Country.” Combat vet is shown returning to his young son and admiring wife. His medal and German pickelhaube, worn on a string threaded through bullet holes, are meant to demonstrate that he survived active combat. The ornamental spike decorating a pickehaube sometimes protruded over a trench making German soldiers easy to spot. For this and other reasons the pickelhaube was abandoned in 1916 before Americans took to field. It was a recognizable relic, not a helmet a Yank would have seen in combat.  30×20 near mint, conservation backed. Also available in 40×30 near mint, conservation backed $435.