Date: c. 1916
Size: 41.25 x 27.5 inches
Notes: Poster, Linen-Backed
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About The Poster: The poster, produced by the Montreal Litho Co. during the First World War, shows a soldier waving to troops, with ships leaving the harbour. The slogan, "We go next" adressed Irish Canadian Rangers.
The 199th battalion was raised in Montreal by the 55th Irish Canadian Rangers under General Order 69 of July 15th 1916. The battalion sailed for England December 21st 1916 where it was absorbed into the 23rd Reserve Battalion in May 1917. The 23rd Reserve Battalion was one of the reserve battalions for the Quebec Regiments and provided reinforcements to the 14th, 24th, 87th and 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles, these being English speaking Montreal Battalions serving with the Canadian Corps on the Western Front. Being fully depleted of all ranks effective September 15th 1917 the 199th was disbanded under General Order 82 of 1918.
During the war, posters played an important role
as vectors of motivation and patriotic fervour. "The appeal of
posters also lies in the use of familiar images and expressions. Graphic
artists combined their skill with advertising copywriters to sway
public opinion and unite people in support of the war effort. The
posters’ effectiveness arises from complex designs of words and symbols
to communicate, invite action and build consensus." (Source : Australian
National Wartime Museum, Patriotism, Persuasion, Propaganda, American
This poster has been mounted on linen and is in very good condition. It is found in important national collections (Library and Archives Canada, Library of Congress, U.S.A, Canadian War Museum). Please ask to see our other military posters!