c.1918 They Kept The Sea Lanes Open Victory Liberty Loan Leon Alaric Shafer WWI
c.1918 They Kept The Sea Lanes Open Victory Liberty Loan Leon Alaric Shafer WWI
c.1918 They Kept The Sea Lanes Open Victory Liberty Loan Leon Alaric Shafer WWI
c.1918 They Kept The Sea Lanes Open Victory Liberty Loan Leon Alaric Shafer WWI
c.1918 They Kept The Sea Lanes Open Victory Liberty Loan Leon Alaric Shafer WWI
c.1918 They Kept The Sea Lanes Open Victory Liberty Loan Leon Alaric Shafer WWI

c.1918 They Kept The Sea Lanes Open Victory Liberty Loan Leon Alaric Shafer WWI

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Date: c.1918
Artist: Shafer, Leon Alaric
Size (in): 39” x 29”
Size (cm): 99 x 73.5
Condition: A-
Linen backed: No

This powerfully dramatic poster was created by Leon Alaric Shafer to support the Victory Liberty Loan which was the fifth and final of the Liberty Loans issued to finance American involvement in World War One. Shafer captures a tense moment as a German U-boat surrenders to an US Navy destroyer as a massive troop ship passes behind. Shafer reminds us that “They Kept The Sea Lanes Open” with a caption in the upper right hand corner of the image. The lower margin is titled INVEST IN THE VICTORY LIBERTY LOAN and indicates the poster was produced by W.F. Powers Company of New York.

This poster is a vintage original in very good condition which was never hung and has no tape or pinholes. The are a couple short tears of about half an inch on the margins but nothing torn off of missing and the poster is otherwise in near perfect condition.


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