WWI POSTER EDMUND MARION ASHE LEND THE WAY BUY WAR BONDS to Your Utmost Circa 1918 World War I Propaganda Poster
EDMUND MARION ASHE 'LEND THE WAY THEY FIGHT, BUY BONDS TO YOUR UTMOST'. Circa 1918. W. F. Powers, New York. (F-207)
This World War I poster, showing an American infantryman hurling a hand grenade at German soldiers in a trench, invokes the image of Americans in combat on the Western front in France to urge citizens at home to purchase bonds to finance the war. The United States government issued bonds, also called Liberty Bonds, in 1917 and 1918, raising a total of $21.5 billion for the war effort. Many of the bonds were bought by banks and financial institutions as investments, but a massive public relations campaign was mounted to urge individuals to make purchases as well. The poster is by Edmund M. Ashe (1867–1941), a painter, illustrator, and art teacher known for his expressive and realistic paintings of factories and the world of manufacturing and labor. Born in New York City, Ashe was one of the exhibitors at the 1913 International Exhibition of Modern Art organized by the Association of American Painters and Sculptors at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York. Known as the Armory Show, the exhibition introduced modern art to the American public and encouraged American artists to develop their own identities, independent of European models and influence. This poster depicts an American soldier, visibly injured preparing to pitch an unpinned grenade into the German trenches. A cloud of smoke billows behind him and three German soldiers are visible in the trench. Above the soldier are the words In. Lend the way they Fight In. while below him is the encouragement: Buy Bonds to your UTMOST. Professionally gilt framed this original period poster is ready to hang and enjoy.
- SIZE: 27 In. x 41 In. (artwork) / 31-3/8 In. x 41-1/4 In. x 2-1/4 In. (framed)
- CONDITION: Excellent.