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Posters are printed on 17”x22” 100% cotton paper archival matte paper, using archival inks. The actual image size varies, depending on the artwork.
Time Period: World War I (1914-1918)
Creator: Leyendecker, J. C. (Joseph Christian), 1874-1951, artist.
Born in Germany, J.C. Leyendecker and his family immigrated to Chicago, Illinois in 1882. In Chicago, Leyendecker sought formal artistic training at the school of the Art Institute. He later opened a studio with one of his brothers in Chicago’s Fine Arts Building at 410 South Michigan Ave. Often sought after for his poster and advertising illustrations, Leyendecker worked as the premier cover illustrator for the popular Saturday Evening Post for the first half of the 20th century.
With the outbreak of World War I in 1917, Leyendecker began creating posters that supported the nation’s war efforts. His dramatic images were used to encourage both the purchasing of war bonds and the enlistment of young men, the latter of which is depicted within this poster, where Lady Liberty can be seen firmly clasping the hand of a determined sailor.