1918 Vintage American WWI Poster, Halt the Hun - Henry Patrick Raleigh

Date: 1918
Size: 20 x 29.25 inches
Notes: Poster, Linen Backed
Artist: Henry Patrick Raleigh
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About the Artist: Henry Patrick Raleigh (illustrator, etcher, lithographer, portrait painter) started and ended life in poverty and despair. But in between, he spent decades painting high society pictures and living the opulent life of one of the best paid illustrators in the country. He moved from San Francisco to New York where he gradually progressed from a newspaper artist to an illustrator for top magazines such as Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, Colliers, and the Saturday Evening Post. When styles changed (along with social values and taste in art) and his work dried up, Raleigh could not adapt; bankrupt and bitter, he committed suicide by jumping out of a hotel window in New York City's Times Square. (pritzkermilitary.org)

About the Poster: The poster was a major tool for broad dissemination of information during the war. Countries on both sides of the conflict distributed posters widely to garner support, urge action, and boost morale. To obtain necessary funds for World War I, the United States Treasury resorted to borrowing through a series of bond issues. The first four issues were known as liberty loans; the fifth and last was called the victory loan. The third liberty loan was issued 5 April 1918.

Issued by the United States's Department of the Treasury Publicity Bureau, "Halt the Hun" refers to the derogatory nickname used primarily by the British and Americans - officers rather than men - during the First World War to describe the German Army, e.g. "the Huns attacked at dawn". The term was widely used by Allied propaganda to suggest the worst kind of conduct from the German 'Huns', crushing neutral nations and imposing brutal rule upon conquered peoples.

This particular poster shows an Allied soldier stepping between a German ('Hun') and a woman, who is crouching to protect her baby. The German's hands are red, hinting at the blood he has spilled. The image is one of heroism in the face of danger, and shows the American people what their money would have been invested in: courage, gallantry, and valor.