Mayer's Market

Condition: Used

A wide variety of posters were used for propaganda purposes during the First World War. This is one of them.

In the summer of 1918, the eight leading war-work agencies were merged, for the purpose of one drive for funds, into the United War Work Campaign. These normally competing charities shared the proceeds of this fundraising under the United War Work banner.

They included the YM and YWCA, Knights of Columbus, Jewish Welfare Board, War Camp Community Service, American Library Association and the Salvation Army.

Incidentally, several websites we found offered extensive lists and views of these kind of posters. Some are really fascinating … and were drawn by recognized artists of the era.

This poster, measuring 8.5 by 11.5 inches, shows a screaming American Eagle with the United War Work Campaign shield informing the reader that ‘A boy from this home has enrolled in the Victory Boys to earn and give to make our fighters fit.’

It is printed on a light paper, the usual type during wartime, and has been framed under glass to prevent damage.

The frame measures 9.75 by 12.75 inches and is wood without apparent defects. There are a couple of minor tears on the paper's folds, with corners also showing some damage, evidently where it was taped to a window.

Overall, though, it’s in Very Good condition. A nice addition to your World War I collection! (5094)

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