Gee!! I wish I were a man [graphic] : I'd join the Navy, Naval Reserve or Coast Guard / Howard Chandler Christy
- Christy, Howard Chandler, 1873-1952
- [United States] : [U.S. Navy?], 
- Physical Description:
- 1 print (poster) : color ; 104 x 69 cm
- collection1.libraries.psu.edu , Digital image at Penn State
- Restrictions on Access:
- Unrestricted access.
- Poster depicts a smiling young woman half-length in blue Navy uniform with white sailor's cap.
- United States. Navy—Recruiting, enlistment, etc—World War, 1914-1918—Posters
- United States. Naval Reserve—Recruiting, enlistment, etc—World War, 1914-1918—Posters
- United States. Coast Guard—Recruiting, enlistment, etc—World War, 1914-1918—Posters
- War posters, American
- Military uniforms in art
- Women in art
- World War I poster collection.
- Other Forms:
- Also available online.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Rare Books copy: Gift of Louis F. Peck, Professor of English, 1965.
- Administrative History:
- 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.
The United States Coast Guard is not a division or section of the U.S. Navy. It is a separate uniformed service--one of the seven branches of the United States Armed Forces. Established in 1915, the modern Coast Guard can trace its origin back to the Revenue Cutter Service founded by Alexander Hamilton in 1790 making it the United States' oldest continuous seagoing service; and it has fought in almost every war since. Its operation can be transferred to the Department of the Navy by the President at any time or by Congress during wartime. Its peacetime mission to safeguard maritime safety and enforce maritime law (with jurisdiction in both domestic and international waters) uniquely qualifies it to supply ships, personnel, and special support to the U.S. Navy when called upon.
Howard Chandler Christy (January 10, 1873--March 3, 1952) was an American artist and illustrator famous for the "Christy Girl", similar to a "Gibson Girl". He first attracted attention with his illustrations of the Spanish-American War, published in Scribner's and Harper's magazines and in Collier's Weekly, gaining particular prominence with the series, "Men of the Army and Navy," and a portrait of Colonel Roosevelt. He was best known, however, for his charming illustrations of the works of such authors as Richard Harding Davis, and he created a picturesque and romantic type of society women peculiarly his own. Cf. Wikipedia.
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