Original U.S. WWI 1917 The Hun - His Mark BLOT IT OUT With Liberty Bonds Propaganda Poster

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Original Item: Only One Available. During WWI, the U.S. government needed money to pay for tanks, ammunition, airplanes, and ships to fight the war. The government found funding through civilians through war bonds, or Liberty Loans. This was a very effective way of getting large amounts of money quickly. The poster encouraged the viewer to purchase a Liberty Loan to support the soldiers and end the war.  A bloody hand print is used to signify the mark of Germany. The poster used the symbol as a tool to raise money for the American war effort through the sale of Liberty Bonds. The term "Hun" was used during both World War I and World War II as a derogatory word for a German soldier. It is a reference to the nomadic culture of Eastern Europe and Central Asia who achieved military success under their leader "Attila the Hun" during the 5th Century A.D.

The Committee of Public Information commissioned “The Hun, His Mark,” in 1917. This striking poster was designed by Chicago artist James Allen St. John who was best known, during the early part of the twentieth century, as a fantasy illustrator who worked closely with the Tarzan author Edgar Rice Burroughs to make his novels come to life for readers. In this poster, St. John depicts the bloody handprint that symbolized the attack of the German soldier, or “Hun”. As the poster states, people were told to buy liberty bonds as a way to directly counteract the German threat that could possibly sweep the United States if not contained. This poster signified a shift toward a more gruesome and personal approach to get people to buy the bonds that funded the American war effort. Fear was used as a tool so that people would have something to think about while their husbands and sons were fighting in Europe. The rampant xenophobia and anti-German immigrant sentiment within the United States at the time also caused many German-Americans to feel compelled to contribute to such campaigns as a way to prove their loyalty.

This genuine 1917 example is offered in good original condition, exhibiting some wear, creases, and some fading patterns. It measures 42 ⅛ " x 28" .
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