Enlist in the Navy [graphic] : follow the boys in blue for home and country / G. Wright
- Wright, George Hand, 1872-1951
- Additional Titles:
- Follow the boys in blue for home and country
- New York : U.S. Navy Publicity Bureau, [between 1914 and 1918]
N.Y. : Colorplates by the Gill Engraving Co.
- Physical Description:
- 1 photomechanical print (poster) : offset, color ; 53 x 74 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Gill Engraving Co.
- Restrictions on Access:
- Unrestricted access.
- United States Navy First World War recruitment poster featuring a long queue of sailors in blue uniforms waiting to board a naval warship with one sailor in the right foreground gesturing to a diverse group of men in civilian clothes an invitation to join them. The flag of the United States is visible in the top right. The image takes up the center with the main title printed in red ink beneath and the subtitle superimposed in black ink over the image in the upper left.
- World War I poster collection.
- Painted and presented to the U.S. Navy by George Wright.
- Other Forms:
- Image also available online.
- No known restrictions on publication. For information see "World War I Posters" (http://lcweb.loc.gov/rr/print/res/243_wwipos.html)
- 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 Navy is the naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States. The Navy saw little action during World War I and was kept close to home due chiefly to a shortage of fuel oil; but nevertheless, the strength of the United States Navy grew under an ambitious ship building program associated with the Naval Act of 1916.
Born in Philadelphia, George Hand Wright was a painter, illustrator, and printmaker. A founding member of the community of artists in Westport, Connecticut, where he settled in 1907, he was a frequent contributor to the Saturday Evening Post and other popular magazines of the period. He did a series of sketches on the daily life of Navy recruits for an article on the training camps which appeared in Harper's Monthly in November, 1918, the month the Armistice was signed. He was a member of the Society of American Etchers, the Society of Illustrators, the Salmagundi Club, and was named to the National Academy of Design in 1939.
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