St. John: Blot It Out 1917.



Allen St. John Blot It Out 1917. First American poster to label the Germans Huns. The name had originally been assigned to German forces by the Kaiser who told the army to ‘fight like Huns’ at the time of the Boxer Rebellion.  A bloody hand print identifies Hun barbarism.  Abrupt and uncompromising, the image reflects a growing anti-German sentiment in the U.S. and was one of a number of posters to equate the Hun with limitless bloodshed. Innovative in its simplicity; in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. 30x20 near mint, conservation backed.

Bibliography: Imperial War Museum Posters of the First World War p. 85, Joseph Darracott The First World War in Posters page 40, Stuart Johnson The Modern American Poster page 20, Walton Rawls Wake Up, America! page 207.