Two World War I Recruiting Posters from the US and Britain, Incl. He did his duty. Will you do yours?

Lot of 2 posters.

Printed recruiting poster, 20 x 29.75 in., featuring a funerary portrait of Field Marshal Frederick S. Roberts with text below reading, "He did his duty. / Will YOU do YOURS?" London: printed by Johnson, Riddle, & Co., Ltd. and published by The Parliamentary Recruiting Committee as poster no. 20., 1914. Lord Roberts (1832-1914), was a decorated British soldier with over fifty years of service, including his positions as combat leader in the Second Afghan and South African Wars and commander in chief of the British Army. In advance of the First World War, Roberts was an avowed proponent of compulsory military service. Early in 1914, however, he contracted pneumonia and would die later that year. Following his death, his service and loyalty were used as an example for prospective British Army recruits.

Printed recruiting poster, 21.5 x 32.75 in., with a spread-winged eagle atop a large blue, black, and red target at center. New York, NY: Mayor's Committee on National Defense, ca 1917. Images from Leslie's Weekly appear in corners, depicting scenes of soldiers engaged in activities including practicing marksmanship and undergoing inspection. Text at top reading, "Hit The Bull's Eye!". A list of recent recruits from June of 1917 appears within the target, with text above: "These Are / Volunteers / Are You One Of Them?" Locations of recruiting stations listed at bottom. Initialed "W.C.W." at bottom right.


Roberts poster with light surface soil and wear to edges. Bull's Eye poster with scattered foxing and minor loss to upper right corner.

Estimate: $100 - $200
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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