Christy, Howard Chandler

1935 Vintage American Poster, Will Rogers Memorial Fund

$750.00
  • 1935 Vintage American Poster, Will Rogers Memorial Fund

Christy, Howard Chandler

1935 Vintage American Poster, Will Rogers Memorial Fund

$750.00

Date: 1935
Size: 17.25 x 26.5 inches
Artist: Howard Chandler Christy

A poster created to memorialize one of America's favorite sons, William Penn Adair "Will" Rogers.  Rogers was a stage and motion picture actor, vaudevillian, cowboy, humorist, newspaper columnist, and social commentator from Oklahoma. Rogers was born to a prominent Oklahoma Cherokee family.  He was the leading political wit of his time and was the highest paid Hollywood film star. Rogers died in 1935 in a small airplane crash in northern Alaska.

Rogers crusaded for aviation expansion and provided Americans with first-hand accounts of his world travels. His earthy anecdotes and folksy style allowed him to poke fun at gangsters, politicians, government programs, and a host of other controversial topics in a way that was appreciated by a national audience, with no one offended. His aphorisms, couched in humorous terms, were widely quoted: "I am not a member of an organized political party. I am a Democrat." Another widely quoted Will Rogers comment was "I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts."

About the Artist: Christy (1872 –1952) was an American artist and illustrator, famous for the "Christy Girl" – a colorful and illustrious successor to the "Gibson Girl" – who became the most famous portrait painter of the Jazz Age era. Christy painted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt,  William Randolph Hearst, the Prince of Wales Benito Mussolini, and Amelia Earhart. 

The poster has been recently linen backed and is ready to be framed! Please ask to see more photos should you have any questions regarding the poster's condition.