Original French WWI No One Will Pass Propaganda Poster by Maurice Neumont

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Original Item: Only One Available. Rare original WWI poster by Maurice Louis Henri Neumont, 1918, "ON NE PASSE PAS 1914 - 1918!" (NO ONE WILL PASS 1914 - 1918!), no printer noted, stone lithograph on paper with linen backing. Measures 31" x 44.50" (size is given in inches, usually to the nearest half inch, width precedes height; measurements are for the sheet size, not including the linen overlap), very fine condition overall, well preserved image area with retained original colors; age appropriate wear; whether you are a fastidious collector or someone who will frame this for a den or office, you will not be disappointed, it is a very fine example of a French WWI poster and it is quite rare.

The image covers the entire sheet, with the title incorporated. Further text is positioned at the bottom, in red. A French soldier stands in No-Man's Land. A shell is embedded in the ground at his feet and a German Stahlhelm helmet lies nearby. The title is carried in the smoke in the background at the top: "On ne Passe Pas! 1914-1918." The text (in red) at the bottom of the sheet reads, "Par deux fois j'ai tenu et vaincu sur la Marne, Civil, mon frére, La sournoise offensive de la 'paix blanche' va t'assaillir a ton tour, Comme moi, tu dois tenir et vaincre, sois fort et malin. Méfie-toi de l'hypocrisie boche." ("Twice I've stood and overcome on the Marne, my civilian brother. The underhanded 'peace offensive' will attack you in turn. Like me, you must stand and overcome. Be strong and careful, beware of Boche hypocrisy.")

Posters during World War I were designed to instill in the people a positive outlook, a sense of patriotism and confidence. They linked the war in trenches with the war at home. From a practical point, they were used to encourage all Americans to help with the war effort. The posters called upon every man, woman, and child to endure the personal sacrifice and domestic adjustments to further the national agenda. They encouraged rationing, conservation and sacrifice. In addition, the posters were used for recruitment, productivity, and motivation as well as for financing the war effort. The stark, colorful graphic designs elicited strong emotions. The posters played to the fears, frustrations, and faith in freedoms that lingered in people's minds during the war.

This is a rare and wonderful example of such a poster.

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