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Poster: The Sword is Drawn...The Navy Upholds It!

1917
42 1/16 x 28 1/16 in. (106.8 x 71.3 cm)

Kenyon Cox
American (Warren, OH, 1856 - 1919, New York, NY)

Object Type: Print
Medium and Support: Color lithograph
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. and Mrs. E. Henry Keutmann
Accession Number: 1973.165
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Location: Not currently on view

Columbia (the female personification of the United States of America) is strong and powerful in this Navy recruiting poster. The bold and graphic style of the poster contributes to the sense of her overwhelming presence.

[Gallery label text, 2006]

Bibliography
For general references, see George Theofiles, "American Posters of World War I," New York: Dafran House Publishers, Inc., 1973, fig. 42, p. 46; Walton Rawls, “Wake up, America!: World War I and the American poster," New York : Abbeville Press, 1988, pp. 22-23.

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