[WORLD WAR I]. True Sons of Freedom. Chicago: Charles Gustrine, 1918.

16 x 20 in. chromolithograph, matted and framed (loss to lower left, adhered to cardboard backing along upper edge, frame without glazing).

African American soldiers with swords and bayonetted rifles attack German troops under the Stars and Stripes. With portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the upper right looking on serenely with approval with a paraphrase of the Gettysburg Address and a facsimile signature. With caption, "Colored Men, The First Americans Who Planted Our Flag on the Firing Line." An uplift poster honoring the 200,000 African Americans who served in combat roles. One of several commissioned by the Committee on Public Information under the direction of George Creel.

[With:The Return of the Colored Troops. 15 x 20 in. chromolithograph (sheet with substantial loss to lower left and right corners, additional holes, tears, and spotting throughout). N.p., [ca 1910s].

African American soldiers with bayonetted rifles march in front of buildings draped with patriotic bunting and flags as an African American family reunites with one of the soldiers in the foreground. Title featured along lower edge.


True Sons sheet is adhered to cardboard backing along upper edge, but is otherwise loose. Frame without glass. Loss to lower left corner of chromolithograph. 

The Return sheet with substantial loss to both right and left lower corners, and some additional holes/tears/discoloration spots throughout. 

Estimate: $600 - $800
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