WWII posters are ready for bidding action at Fairhill, March 10

American 1941 World War II poster by Jean Carlu, titled Give ‘Em Both Barrels, est. $400-$600

American 1941 WWII poster by Jean Carlu, titled Give ‘Em Both Barrels, est. $400-$600

ELKTON, Md. – More than 140 lots of vintage posters – mainly World War II German and American propaganda posters and war bonds posters – will come up for bid in Vintage Poster Auction #105, slated for Thursday, March 10, at Fairhill Auction, starting promptly at 11 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Three posters could each easily claim top-lot honors at the sale. The first is an American World War II poster titled This Is the Enemy, with artwork by Karl Koehler (American, 1913-2000) and Victor Ancona (American, 1912-1998). The poster was the winner of the National War Poster competition of 1942 and carries a pre-sale estimate of $2,000-$3,000.

American World War II poster titled This Is the Enemy, by Karl Koehler and Victor Ancona, est. $2,000-$3,000

American WWII poster titled This Is the Enemy, by Karl Koehler and Victor Ancona, est. $2,000-$3,000

The second is a scarce German poster from 1933 with artwork by Ludwig Hohlwein (German, 1874-1949) and a title that translates to German to Winter Relief Organization of the German People. Printed by Deutscher Lichtbild-Dienst in Berlin in 1933, the professionally linen-backed poster is expected to sell for $1,400-$3,000.

German poster by Ludwig Hohlwein, printed in 1933, est. $1,400-$3,000

German poster by Ludwig Hohlwein, printed in 1933, est. $1,400-$3,000

The third is a German World War II antisemitic poster produced around 1940, with a title translated from the German as The Jew – War Insigator – War Perpetrator, with artwork by Mjolnir (German, aka Hans Schweitzer, 1901-1980). The poster should hit $1,200-$2,000.

Circa-1942 American World War II poster titled Loose Talk Can Cost Lives – Keep It Under Your Stetson, est. $800-$1,200

Circa-1942 American WWII poster titled Loose Talk Can Cost Lives – Keep It Under Your Stetson, est. $800-$1,200

An American World War II poster titled Loose Talk Can Cost Lives – Keep It Under Your Stetson, printed circa 1942 and made by an unknown designer, has a pre-sale estimate of $800-$1,200. Also, a 1944 American World War II poster titled Share the American Way – Community and War Chest Campaign, with artwork by Norman Rockwell (American, 1894-1978) is expected to finish at $300-$400.

American World War I poster titled Invest In the Liberty Loan, by Leon Alaric (L.A.) Shafer, est. $500-$800

American WWI poster titled Invest In the Liberty Loan, by Leon Alaric (L.A.) Shafer, est. $500-$800

An American World War I Woman’s Liberty Loan Committee poster titled She does not ask for contributions – She asks you to invest your money at 4% in U.S. Government Bonds, with artwork by Frances Adams Halsted (American, 1873-death date unknown), has an estimate of $600-$900, and an American World War I poster titled Invest in the Liberty Loan, with artwork by Leon Alaric (L.A.) Shafer (American, 1866-1940), is expected to gavel for $500-$800.

American World War I poster titled Joan of Arc Saved France – Women of America Save Your Country Buy War Saving Stamps, by Haskell Coffin, est. $600-$900

American WWI poster titled Joan of Arc Saved France – Women of America Save Your Country Buy War Saving Stamps, by Haskell Coffin, est. $600-$900

An American World War I poster titled Joan of Arc Saved France – Women of America Save Your Country Buy War Saving Stamps, with artwork by Haskell Coffin (American, 1878-1941) should achieve $600-$900. Also, a 1942 American World War II poster titled Don’t Let That Shadow Touch Them – Buy War Bonds, printed by the U.S. Gov’t Printing Office, with artwork by Lawrence Beall Smith (American, 1909-1995), is expected to sell for $500-$700.

American World War II poster titled Don’t Let That Shadow Touch Them – Buy War Bonds, by Lawrence Beall Smith, est. $500-$700

American WWII poster titled Don’t Let That Shadow Touch Them – Buy War Bonds, by Lawrence Beall Smith, est. $500-$700

Rounding out the highlights is a 1941 American World War II poster titled Give ‘Em Both Barrels, with artwork by Jean Carlu (French, 1900-1997) and printed by the Division of Information Office for Emergency Management. Its estimate is $400-$600.

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