Original U.S. WWI Victory Liberty Loan Propaganda Poster By Clyde Forsythe - 41” x 31 ½”
Original Item: Only One Available. The Victory Liberty Loan was issued in April 1919, after the close of the war. Propaganda for the loan stated the money was to be used to bring the soldiers home and take care of them upon return. Volunteers who worked to sell bonds were issued a coin made from German cannons captured at Chateau Thierry.
Five months after the Armistice, Americans were still seeing in public places and in their newspapers images of World War I. George Creel and his Committee on Public Information had successfully sold the war to Americans, but payment in full had yet to be made. In late 1917, during the Second Liberty Loan campaign, President Woodrow Wilson had implored Americans to give to protect the nation’s fighting forces: “Shall we be more tender with our dollars than with the lives of our sons?” Now, after the war’s end, the government would utilize triumphant victory as a theme to ask Americans to give.
Of the five posters advertising the Victory Liberty Loan, that by Victor Clyde Forsythe fits this theme perfectly. The poster features a wounded, smiling American soldier shouldering a rifle, carrying three German helmets as trophies, and leaving no-man’s land behind him. The poster’s title, And They Though We Couldn’t Fight!, are the words of an underdog in triumph, an “I told you so” retort to German underestimation of American military strength.
The poster measures a large 41” x 31 ½” and is in lovely condition. There is minor wear and tearing to the edges and a minor stain in the lower right corner. This was a poster that was definitely cared for during the 100 plus years of its life!
Comes more than ready to be framed and displayed!
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