Original World War I U. Navy Recruitment poster by Howard Chandler Christy, 1918, GEE I WISH I WERE A MAN – I’D JOIN THE NAVY! “, Forbes Litho Company, Boston, stone lithograph on paper, linen backed, 27″ x 41 (size is given in inches, width precedes height; measurements exclude the linen overlap), very fine to excellent overall. One of the most collectible and popular posters of World War I, becoming more difficult to find, especially in this condition. This poster is one of Christys most classic and most iconic poster images. She modeled for him until his return to New York City and her image became known as the “Christy Girl”. Shortly after their move to New York her modeling transitioned to service as his manager/social secretary. They married on August 14, 1919. Nancy May Palmer (now Christy) is recognizable in several of Christys best poster images. Posters during World War I were designed to instill in the people a positive outlook, a sense of patriotism and confidence and they linked the war in the trenches with loved ones at home. From a practical point, they encouraged all Americans to help with the war effort and called upon every man, woman, and child to endure the personal sacrifice and domestic adjustments to further the war effort. In addition, the posters were used for recruitment, productivity, and motivation as well as for financing the war machine. The stark, colorful graphic designs elicited strong emotions and played to the fears, frustrations, and faith in freedoms that were so dear to all Americans and other peoples of the free world. The item “RARE ORIGINAL WWI CHRISTY POSTER GEE I WISH I WERE A MAN I’D JOIN THE NAVY” is in sale since Wednesday, October 2, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\WW I (1914-18)\Original Period Items\United States\Posters & Prints”. The seller is “ncwarposters” and is located in Saint Augustine, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States