A World War I Boy Scouts Third Liberty Loan poster, framed and
matted, will be offered in the Dec. 13 Stephen Saathoff Collection of
Civil War & Militaria Signature Auction by Heritage Auctions.
The poster features a large, standing allegorical figure of Liberty,
crowned and holding a shield in her left hand. She’s reaching for a
sword being lifted up to her by a Boy Scout kneeling in front of her.
The sword features the inscription “Be Prepared.” The two figures are
on a pedestal with the text “Weapons for Liberty.”
The piece measures 27 inches by 37 inches overall and was printed by
the American Lithographic Co. in New York. John Christian Leyendecker
was the artist. Leyendecker was born in 1874 in Germany and immigrated
to the United States in 1882. He is considered one of the greatest
illustrators of the early 20th century. His iconic Arrow Collar Man
illustration and his more than 300 covers for The Saturday Evening
Post helped build his fame.
The poster was designed in 1917 and used to promote the sale of
Third Liberty Loan bonds beginning April 1918. These bonds were sold
by Boy and Girl Scouts to help the United States pay war-related expenses.
A similar design appeared on the cover of the March 2, 1918, issue
of The Saturday Evening Post, and a smaller version, printed in black
and white, was used on the cover of the March 15, 1918, issue of
The framed poster has an estimate of $150 and up. For more
information, visit the firm’s website, HA.com.
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