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Carl Karnig Mahakian First World War American propaganda poster collection

 Collection — oversize-folder: 3
Identifier: 2016-031-s-r

Content Description

This collection consists of four American propaganda posters from the First World War. This collection was part of the estate of Col. Carl Karnig Mahakian, USMC. Inventory:

1 poster, 30.5x41.5, "And They Thought We Couldn't Fight", by Victor Clyde Forsythe (1885-1962), 1918. An injured but elated doughboy returns from battle, carrying several German helmets as trophies.

1 poster, 28x21, "First in France, U.S. Marines", by John A. Coughlin (1885-1943), 1917. The poster shows a Marine carrying a mortar into combat, with American flag behind.

1 poster, 29.5x42, "Join the Service with a Future!", by Sidney H. Riesenberg (1885-1971), 1920. The poster shows two Marines in dress uniform walking in a foreign land and the caption reads, "U.S. Marines are serving today in ten foreign lands on three battle fleets and with naval forces in European waters. Join the Service with a Future! For 2, 3, or 4 years."

1 poster, 21.25x27.75, "E-E-E-YAH-YIP, Go Over with U.S. Marines", by C.B. Falls (1874-1960), 1917. A graphic recruiting poster, showing a Marine cheering as he raises his rifle and bayonet.

Dates

  • 1917 - 1920

Physical Description

The poster, "And They Thought We Couldn't Fight," has a small amount of chipping around the poster margin.

The poster, "Join the Service with a Future!", is printed on heavy linen backd paper with two brass grommets in the upper corners. It has signs of exposure with scuffs and creasing, and a few closed tears with some chipping.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions.

Biographical / Historical

These posters were collected by Col. Carl Karnig Mahakian, USMC. Col. Mahakian was born March 7, 1926 and joined the Marine Corps in 1943, serving in the Second World War, Korea, the Vietnam War and the Cold War. He retired from the Marine Corps in 1986. He also enjoyed a successful film career, working with shows like The Brady Bunch and The Odd Couple, earning two emmys. He passed away on March 9, 2015.

Artist Victor Clyde Forsythe was born in Orange, California in 1885. He was a cartoonist and illustrated war stories for Boy's Life magazine and during the First World War he was recruited by the Division of Pictorial Publicity, for whom he created a number of war propaganda posters.

John A. Coughlin is best known as a pulp magazine artist. He painted the first image of The Shadow for a pulp magazine.

Sidney H. Riesenberg is known for his posters for the United States Marine Corps and the Liberty bond programs and was described as "one of the greatest illustrators of the World War I era."

C.B. Falls was an American artist best known for his First World War recruiting poster illustrations and writings, including The ABC Book. His poster, "E-E-E-Yah-Yip, Go Over With U.S. Marines," was reimagined for the Second World War with a sniper rifle in the soldier's hands.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 oversized folder)

Overview

This collection consists of four American propaganda posters from the First World War. This collection was part of the estate of Colonel Carl Karnig Mahakian, United States Marine Corps.

Physical Location

Leatherby Libraries, Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from The Book Shop, 8/4/2016.

Physical Description

The poster, "And They Thought We Couldn't Fight," has a small amount of chipping around the poster margin.

The poster, "Join the Service with a Future!", is printed on heavy linen backd paper with two brass grommets in the upper corners. It has signs of exposure with scuffs and creasing, and a few closed tears with some chipping.
Title
Finding Aid for the Carl Karnig Mahakian First World War American propaganda poster collection
Status
In Progress
Author
Andrew Harman
Date
8/5/2016
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Frank Mt. Pleasant Library of Special Collections and Archives, Leatherby Libraries Repository

Contact:
Chapman University
One University Drive
Orange 92866 USA US