World War One Navy Recruiting Posters

A constant theme throughout the history of the United States is the need for manpower for the armed services. To this end, there have always been recruiting efforts and the most simple and straight forward of these has been the poster. No matter which era they are from, they repeat a common message – do your duty and serve your country because only through your help can we win. Over the next few weeks, I will be providing some examples of these recruiting posters as they pertain to the Navy.

The following posters are all from World War One and carry themes of Patriotism and Duty.

“The Navy Needs You! Don’t Read American History – Make It!” Oil painting by artist James Montgomery Flagg. This was the original artwork for a World War I Navy recruiting poster.

“The Navy Needs You! Don’t Read American History – Make It!” Navy Recruiting Poster by artist James Montgomery Flagg, issued during World War I.

“To Arms” World War I Navy recruiting poster, by artist Milton Bancroft.

“Follow the Boys in Blue for Home and Country” World War I Navy recruiting poster, by artist G. Wright.

“These Men Have COME ACROSS They Are at the Front NOW” World War I Navy recruiting poster, by artist P.N. Leyendecker. The artwork features the crew of a 4″/50 gun.

“The Navy Strikes NOW Follow the Flag for Freedom” World War I Navy, Naval Reserve and Coast Guard recruiting poster, by artist James H. Daugherty.

[Images courtesy of the Department of the Navy – Naval Historical Center.]

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/

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