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Vintage WAR TIME POSTERS
The Art of Persuasion: Propaganda messages of lasting beauty and contemporary value



The first half of the Twentieth Century was the era of great propaganda posters. Before the age of TV, governments used these printed War Time wall posters as a means to communicate with its citizens and prod them to action. Political, economic and social situations were explained simply and beautifully - often bluntly - by illustrators including the premiere artists of the day.

The Art-cade Gallery's collection of vintage American War Time posters was assembled around 3 principles: (1) posters with illustrations that are in themselves handsome pieces of artwork; (2) posters, originally intended to be throw-a-ways, that have survived in fine to mint condition (many have since been backed for lasting durability); (3) a fair market price reflecting that these posters become more rare with each passing day.

Each vintage War Time poster here is guaranteed genuine and authentic. There are NO reproductions included.

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Art-cade Gallery's War Time Vintage Posters are divided into and shown in three historic eras:




POSTERS TO BROWSE
(1) Browse the images. (2) Full specifics including a brief background, approx. size and condition are given in the text. (3) Call toll free to order. Old fashioned, but credit card safety foremost.






World War I Posters World War I Posters
World War I Posters


Have You a Red Cross Service Flag? Have You a Red Cross Service Flag?
1918. Jesse Wilcox Smith, illustrator. Sentimental image by one of America's greatest women illustrators. This poster, promoting the Red Cross Service Flag, shows a young boy affixing a flag to his window. Only members of the Red Cross could display the flags and additional smaller stars were added for other dues paying household members. Very good condition.
28x21 Paper. Linen backed.
$350


Third Red Cross Roll Call Third Red Cross Roll Call
1918. Haskell Coffin, illustrator. Beautiful nurse stands before a blue background and extends her arms in a plea for help. Very good condition.
30x20 Paper.
$225


Red Cross poster (without lettering) Red Cross poster (without lettering)
Harrison Fisher, illustrator. Beautiful Red Cross image without letters. This image was issued in a variety of sizes and formats. Full margins. Very good condition.
21x28 Paper. Linen backed.
$400


Join the NAVY  The Service for Training and Travel Join the NAVY The Service for Training and Travel
1917. James Montgomery Flagg, illustrator. Very scarce recruiting poster by America's best known illustrator. This poster focuses on men ages 17-35. Excellent condition.
23x31 Paper.
$375


Invest in Liberty Bonds To-day Invest in Liberty Bonds To-day
1917. Louis Raemaekers, renowned political cartoonist. Liberty Loan poster utilizing black and white political cartoon, "Will you be ready to-morrow to make munitions for Germany? If not . . . Invest in Liberty Bonds To-day" Excellent condition.
19x12 Paper.
$150


Ring It Again -- Buy U.S. Gov't Bonds Ring It Again -- Buy U.S. Gov't Bonds
1917. Unknown illustrator. A colorful group of Colonials stands around Independence Hall and cheers the Liberty Bell for the Third Liberty Loan. Publisher: Sackett & Wilhelms Corp. N.Y. Very good condition.
30x20 Paper. Fabric backed.
$240


Save Your Child From Autocracy and Poverty Save Your Child From Autocracy and Poverty
1918. Herbert Paus, illustrator. Unusual black and white proof for famous W.S.S. poster. Novel composition using Statue of Liberty and a child representing the future. Printed by Brandon -- Nashville. Excellent condition.
28x20 Paper.
$240


Boys and Girls! You can help... Boys and Girls! You can help...
1917. James Montgomery Flagg, illustrator. Boys and girls! You can help your Uncle Sam win the war - save your quarters, buy War Savings Stamps. One of the classic World War I posters with Uncle Sam and two children. American Lithographic Co., N.Y. Excellent condition.
30x20 Paper.

$525


Boys and Girls! You can help ... Boys and Girls! You can help ...
1917. James Montgomery Flagg, illustrator. Boys and girls! You can help your Uncle Sam win the war - save your quarters, buy War Savings Stamps. One of the classic World War I posters with Uncle Sam and two children. American Lithographic Co., N.Y. Excellent condition.
40x30 Paper. Backed with Japanese rice paper.
$795


For Active Service Join the Marines For Active Service Join the Marines
1917. Sidney Riesenberg, illustrator. Rare. Marines recruiting poster issued just before American entry into World War I. Although the illustration is dated 1913, probably was printed in 1917. Desirable small format for display, and the poster has the recruiting office imprint at bottom, "215 Federal Building, Buffalo, NY." Excellent condition.
26x18 Card.
$350


Halt the Hun! Halt the Hun!
1918. Henry Raleigh, illustrator. A striking stark flame-colored World War I poster promoting U.S. Government bonds for the Third Liberty Loan. Shows American soldier holding back a German soldier who is standing over a woman with her child. Publisher: Edwards & Deutsch, Chicago. Fine condition.
30x20 Paper. Backed with Japanese rice paper.
$350


Clear the Way!! 4th Liberty Loan Clear the Way!! 4th Liberty Loan
1918. Howard Chandler Christy, illustrator. Scarce. One of the classic World War I bond posters. "Clear-the-way!! Buy bonds -- Fourth Liberty Loan," is a classic H.C. Christy painting showing his beautiful rendition of women. Created only in this size format. Printer: Forbes-Boston. Fine condition.
30x20 Paper.

$525


Good Bye, Dad.  I'm off to Fight for Old Glory Good Bye, Dad. I'm off to Fight for Old Glory
1918. Lawrenc Harris, illustrator. Third Liberty Loan poster. Classic World War I image of a patriotic son bidding Good Bye to his father as he leaves to battle the enemy with the reminder to buy government bonds to support the cause. Sacket & Wilhelms, NY. Fine condition.
30x20 Paper.
$325


That Government of the People ... Buy Liberty Bonds That Government of the People ... Buy Liberty Bonds
1917. Unknown illustrator. Unusual painting simulating a bronze plaque showing Abraham Lincoln in profile and reminding potential buyers of the bonds of Lincoln's idea from his Gettysburg Address: "That government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."
30x20 Paper.


$275


His Liberty Bond - Paid for in Full His Liberty Bond - Paid for in Full
1917. W.A. Rogers, famed turn-of-the-century illustrator. Litho crayon drawing "Published through the patriotic cooperation of The New York Herald. This played on the guilt of people on the homefront-- are you doing your part" Tape stain at upper right corner, otherwise very good condition with tape repairs.
23x17 Paper. Fabric backed with Chartex.
$175


That Liberty Shall Not Perish From the Earth That Liberty Shall Not Perish From the Earth
1917. Joseph Pennell, illustrator. Hard to find. Startling image showing the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline in flames. Buy Fourth Liberty Bonds. Excellent condition.
41x30 Paper. Fabric backed with Chartex.

$950


World War II World War II
World War II Posters


Lexington, 1775 / Independence - July 4, 1776 Lexington, 1775 / Independence - July 4, 1776
1942. James Daugherty, illustrator. Interesting poster for war stamps and bonds with instructions to cut along the dotted lines and display as four separate posters. Each section focuses on Revolutionary War themes. Excellent condition.
38x25 Paper.
$195


VICTORY - Now you can invest in it! VICTORY - Now you can invest in it!
1945. Dean Cornwell, illustrator. American Eagle spreads his wings before a star-filled red, white, and blue background. Beautiful display piece. Excellent condition.
28x22 Paper.
$500


VICTORY - Now you can invest in it! VICTORY - Now you can invest in it!
1945. Dean Cornwell illustrator. American Eagle spreads his wings before a star-filled red, white, and blue background. Beautiful display piece. Excellent condition.
28x22 Paper. Linen backed.
$550


Don't SHIVER next Winter . . . Order Coal NOW! Don't SHIVER next Winter . . . Order Coal NOW!
1944. Egmont Arens, illustrator. Shivering penguin wearing a hat and scarf stands forlornly in a nearly empty coal bin. Excellent condition.
26x18 Paper.
$245


All Fuel is Scarce, Plan for Winter Now! All Fuel is Scarce, Plan for Winter Now!
1945. Albert Dorne, illustrator. Man looks out a frosted window of a house at an outdoor thermometer. The Solid Fuels Administration outlines the rules for preparing for winter conservation of fuels. Very good condition.
28x20 Paper.
$175


Let's ALL Fight!!  Buy War Bonds Let's ALL Fight!! Buy War Bonds
1942. Unknown illustrator.War Savings staff illustrator. Dramatic image of charging soldier with bayonet-equipped M-1 rifle. Great image of war workers support of infantryman going into battle. In the background are small black & white images of people working in various industries and a building with smokestacks. Horizontal format. Very good condition.
22x28 Paper.
$350


For Freedom's Sake For Freedom's Sake
1943. John Atherton, illustrator. Statue of Concord Minute Man standing guard over an American townscape. (Sculpture by Daniel Chester French in Concord, Massachusetts.) Buy War Bonds. Very good condition.
28x20 Paper.
$350


"You buy 'em, we'll fly 'em!" "You buy 'em, we'll fly 'em!"
1942. Walter Wilkinsons, illustrator. Classic design with pilot giving the viewer the "thumbs up." A formation of U.S. Army planes flies overhead. In the background is a hangar with plane and personnel. Round emblem at lower right corner of picture contains image of Minute Man statue with slogan, "The more bonds you buy--the more planes will fly." One of the most popular World War II posters. Defense Bond Stamps. Very good condition.
14x10 Paper.
$295


We Can! We Will! We Must! We Can! We Will! We Must!
1943. Jes Wilhelm Schlaikjer, illustrator. Impressive design for a Chicago company making uniforms for the Armed Forces. Metal ribs at top and bottom of sheet. Mint condition.
39x19 Paper.
$425


A Sign of Comradeship - and Proud of It! A Sign of Comradeship - and Proud of It!
1943. Al Capp, noted cartoonist and creator of comic strip Li'l Abner. Most unusual poster. Fascinating cartoon poster utilizing Li?l Abner to educate newly enlisted soldiers. "Salutin" is a mutual privilege between officers an" men!!!" Abner informs the recruits. Newsmap printed on the back dated 12/13/1943, "222nd week of the war, 104th week of our participation." Photos and maps. Very good condition.
35x47 Paper.
$195


I'm proud of you folks, too! I'm proud of you folks, too!
1944. Jon Whitcomb, illustrator. Rare. Shows sailor thanking two industrial workers, a man in overalls and a woman in a white apron with hair-covering (viz, Rosie the Riveter) encouraging increased war production on the homefront. Issued by United States Navy, Industrial Incentive Division. Mint condition.
28x40 Paper. Backed with Japanese rice paper.
$850


The United Nations Fight for Freedom The United Nations Fight for Freedom
1942. S. Broder, illustrator. The use of "United Nations" here precedes the post-war organization and refers rather to the combined allies fighting the Axis powers in early World War II. With the Statue of Liberty symbolizing the Allies, the flags of all the nations which were part of the group are displayed. Office of War Information. Fold marks (machine folded before issue) Near Fine.
40x30 Paper.
$225


A Careless word - A needless Sinking A Careless word - A needless Sinking
1942. Anton Otto Fischer, illustrator. Showing risk to merchant vessels, this is one of several "careless word" homefront security posters using maritime artist Anton Otto Fischer's poignant images.The detail of Fisher's composition and mood in A careless word help distinguish him as one of the government?s finest illustrators during the war. Office of War Information poster. Excellent condition.
28x22 Paper. Backed with Japanese rice paper.
$275


A Careless word - A Needless Loss A Careless word - A Needless Loss
1943. Anton Otto Fischer, illustrator. A homefront security poster with a particularly powerful punch. Naval illustrator Anton Otto Fisher's work is more pictorial than most of the posters created during WWII. This graphic image of a dead sailor who was a victim of careless talk makes a particularly poignant point. Office of War Information poster. Very good condition.
28x22 Paper.
$250


If you tell where he is going he many never get there! If you tell where he is going he many never get there!
1943. John Falter, USNR, illustrator. Posters like this warned people that even small bits of information regarding troop movements would be useful to the enemy. A smiling sailor with an enormous duffel bag on his shoulder is ready to set sail. Adjutant General's Office poster. Folded. Few small tape stains at corners. Slight fray on one fold crease. Otherwise, near fine condition.
28x20 Paper.
$295


I'm Counting on You I'm Counting on You
1943. Leon Helguera, illustrator. Office of War Information. During World War II, images of Uncle Sam were used to promote national security, especially in plants that were producing war materials under government contracts. "Don?t discuss troop movements, ship sailings, war equipment." This poster was inspired by James Montgomery Flagg's 1917 "I Want You for the U.S. Army." Excellent condition.
28x20 Paper.
$225


Present with a Future Present with a Future
1942. Adolph Dehn, illustrator. A poster urging homefront citizens to give presents with a future - war bonds - for the holidays early in the war effort. Usual folds. Very good to excellent condition,
28x22 Paper.
$350


Four Freedoms Poster Four Freedoms Poster
1943. Norman Rockwell, illustrator. Very rare. This rare presentation of Norman Rockwell's famous Four Freedoms series of prints places all four iconic images on one large poster. This was only issued in this "one sheet" size. Good to fine condition.
40x28 Paper.
$725


Four Freedoms Poster Suite Four Freedoms Poster Suite
1943. Norman Rockwell, illustrator. Extremely rare in this size. Perhaps the most iconic, popular-then and memorable-now World War II posters is the quartet of American posters the illustrator Norman Rockwell painted celebrating the American way of life. These four posters are based on President Franklin Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union speech which identified four indispensable human rights which should be universally protected and serve as a backdrop for American policy to become more involved in the deepening world discord which was mounting in Europe and Asia. Pearl Harbor was less than a year away.

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom From Want and Freedom From Fear were the topics of these four paintings which originally were reproduced in 1943 over four consecutive weeks in The Saturday Evening Post as illustrations accompanying essays by prominent thinkers of the day. Soon the original paintings were the focal point of a fund-raising touring exhibition sponsored by the Saturday Evening Post and the Department of the Treasury which raised over $132 million in the sale of war bonds before it was over. They probably are the most widely distributed paintings ever produced.

When posters were made of this artwork, three different sizes were produced. Most popular was the small 28 x 20 size while a 40 x 28 size was useful for larger displays. A limited number of a large 56 x 40 version of the Four Freedoms were also printed. These posters are approximately the same size as the original Rockwell paintings. This is the size of the extraordinary suite we offer. Not only are these pieces quite rare, but having a complete set is highly unusual. In addition, each of the four posters is professionally backed, cleaned and minimally restored to its original mint condition. A great set for a patriotic display. Sold as a suite.

56x40 Paper. Backed with Japanese rice paper. Restored to near mint condition.
Inquire for price.

A second set of four unrestored and unbacked Rockwell "Four Freedoms" 56 x 40 posters is available at a reduced price. Good+ condition, flat rolled with previous fold marks from original shipping.


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The Four Freedoms: From Want The Four Freedoms: From Want
1943. Norman Rockwell, illustrator. Becoming scarce. One of the set of four most beloved posters issued during World War II. Successfully used to encourage purchase of war bonds to finance the war efforts. Very good condition.
28x20 Paper.
$250


The Four Freedoms: From Fear The Four Freedoms: From Fear
1943. Norman Rockwell, illustrator. Becoming scarce. One of the set of four most beloved posters issued during World War II. Successfully used to encourage purchase of war bonds to finance the war efforts. Very good condition.
28x20 Paper.
$250


She's A Swell Plane She's A Swell Plane
1942. Robert Riggs, illustrator. Rare. A home front workplace incentive poster shows an American aviator in flight uniform removing his goggles and giving a "thumbs up" to airplane factory workers hoping to encourage them to "give us more" swell planes for the war effort. Printed in black and white with red. Usual folds. Very good condition otherwise.
40x28 Paper.
$225


Make Yours A Victory Home Make Yours A Victory Home
1943. Francis Criss, illustrator. Rare. Shows a "V Home" poster and service star pennant that hang in window. Tells how those remaining on the homefront -- especially women -- could work for victory overseas by efforts at home. Sacrifices, effort, and preserving certain goods for the war could help "Bring Them Back to You!" Conserve everything you can, plus "walk and carry packages" yourself. Good condition with small tears at fold.
28x22 Paper.
$195


Don't Travel Unless Your Trip Helps Don't Travel Unless Your Trip Helps
1945. Rare. Four black and white cartoons appear to be tacked to a blue background. They depict various excuses for travel which are characterized as frivolous including "It's impossible to find anything in the local shops" and "But Grandma misses us so." Issued by the Office of Defense Transportation. Fine condition.
26x18 Paper.
$140


Millions of Troops are on the Move -- Is Your Trip Necessary? Millions of Troops are on the Move -- Is Your Trip Necessary?
1943. Montgomery Melbourne, illustrator. Rare. "Millions of Troops are on the Move -- Is Your Trip Necessary?" the poster asks citizens on homefront showing an image of a throng of troops on the move. Conservation of fuel for the war effort was in full swing by 1943. Issued by the Office of Defense Transportation. Fine condition.
28x22 Paper.
$140


Where Our Men Are Fighting Where Our Men Are Fighting
1943. Unknown illustrator. Rare. In the foreground, a crate of food is dropping via parachute. In the background are parachuting men. "Buy wisely, cook carefully, store carefully, use leftovers." Where our men are fighting, our Food is fighting. OWI poster. Usual folds. Very good to excellent condition.
28x22 Paper.
$195


Brotherhood Week Brotherhood Week
1943. "We are fighting for the right of men to live together as members of one family rather than as masters and slaves." The text is a message from President Franklin D. Roosevelt about the importance of Brotherhood Week during wartime in 1943. Printed in brown on beige stock. OWI. Very good to excellent condition.
20 x28 Paper.
$125


Message About Food from the President Message About Food from the President
1945. Rare. "In this fourth year of the war the need for food is greater than ever before." A message from new President Harry Truman urging Americans to grow, preserve, and conserve food. This is an all-lettered poster, white printing on blue background, with a U.S. seal appearing at the top center. Very good to excellent condition.
26x18 Paper. $85


Message to the Tenants from the Government Message to the Tenants from the Government
1942. Rare. Lists different ways for homefront citizens to conserve energy including using less hot water and turning off light bulbs. Very good to excellent condition.
20x14 Paper.
$85


Guard Your Family's Health Guard Your Family's Health
1943. Rare. An unusual all lettered poster urging mothers on the homefront to "guard your family's health" by taking a nutrition class to learn about new wartime foods. A blank is left for the insertion of a location for area classes. Usual folds. Very good condition.
28x22 Paper.
$85


Urgent Notice Urgent Notice
1945. Rare. "Fighting men and materials are being shifted for final phases of the war with Japan." An all-lettered poster with black text on orange background. The poster warns the reader not to discuss military information because the Japanese are looking for such information. Signatures at bottom include military officials and FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Usual folds. Excellent condition.
26x18 Paper.
$260


Post War Era Post War Era
Post War Era Posters


America's Security Loan - Buy Bonds Today! America's Security Loan - Buy Bonds Today!
1948. Unknown illustrator. Official U.S. Treasury poster encouraging the purchase of Savings Bonds. Very Fine condition. A post war issue in the early years of the Cold War.
26x18 Paper.
$150


Defend America!  Buy US Defense Bonds Defend America! Buy US Defense Bonds
1951. Dean Cornwell, illustrator. Rare. Strong American Eagle image against a red, white, and blue background. A rare reprinting of Cornwell's 1945 Victory Loan World War II poster with new wording. Excellent condition.
26x18 Paper.
$300


I Want You For US Army I Want You For US Army
1968. James Montgomery Flagg, illustrator. This is a Vietnam era reissue of Flagg's iconic World War I recruiting image with space at the bottom to insert address of nearest recruiting station. One of the most popular images in advertising even today. U.S. Government Printing Office. Printed on thick card. Mint condition.
14x11 Card.
$225


National D-Day Memorial Unveiling National D-Day Memorial Unveiling
2000. Rare. This card-stock poster was issued for the May 28, 2000, unveiling of a portion of the National D-Day Memorial monuments in Bedford, Va. This western Virginia town was chosen because 21 of its 35 soldiers died in the 1944 Normandy invasion, the greatest loss from any one American community. Included among the speakers at the event was Jeannie Schulz, widow of "Peanuts" cartoonist and World War II veteran Charles Schulz, who took over as campaign chairman of the National D-Day Foundation after her husband died earlier that year. Formal site dedication ceremonies were held on June 6, 2001. Mint condition.
11x17 Card.
$125


Our Fighting Navy Portfolio Our Fighting Navy Portfolio
A Vintage Art Portfolio
1945. Arthur Beaumont, illustrator. Set of 8 color prints by Lt. Commander Arthur Beaumont, the Navy's leading marine artist of the World War II era. Dramatic action scenes include (1) USS battleship Alabama, (2) USS heavy cruiser Louisville, (3) USS light cruiser Cleveland, (4) USS light cruiser San Diego, (5) USS aircraft carrier Enterprise, (6) destroyer Fletcher class, (7) shown at left Sea Terrier - destroyer Escort, and (8) motor torpedo boats. The paintings are dated 1944. Portfolio is complete with blue jacket containing information about each painting. Portfolio is 10.5 x 14 inches. Very good to excellent condition with some aging of the paper.
8x11 images, portfolio of 8 subjects. Paper.
$275


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