Original U.S. WWI 1917 Recruitment Poster - U.S. Marines - Soldiers of the Sea by Leyendecker - Excellent Condition

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Original Item: Only One Available. Excellent condition Rare World War I vintage military poster for the United States Marine Corps; "Soldiers of the Sea" by Joseph Christian Leyendecker.
38.5 x 28.5 inches
Signed in plate lower right

Right side of poster has two small tears in the white border, othwerwise in near mint condition.

More information about JOSEPH CHRISTIAN LEYENDECKER, also known as Leyendecker, Joseph Christian, Joseph Christian Leyendecker. Sheet appears to be dry mounted onto paper then laid on canvas; light toning along the extreme sheet edges; rolled, not framed.

The United States Marine Corps had a deep and experienced pool of officers and non-commissioned officers at the outset of World War I, and recruited vigorously to increase their numbers. The Corps distinguished themselves throughout the war, notably at the savage Battle of Bellau Wood, earning a reputation for tenacity and toughness and the respect of the German soldiers.

World War I began as a conflict between the Allies (France, the United Kingdom, and Russia) and the Central Powers (Germany and Austria-Hungary). The assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary and his wife Sophie ignited the war in 1914. Italy joined the Allies in 1915, followed by the United States in 1917. A ceasefire was declared at 11 AM on 11 November 1918. The poster was a major tool for broad dissemination of information during the war. Countries on both sides of the conflict distributed posters widely to garner support, urge action, and boost morale.

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