Fantastic Patriotic Advertising, this charming piece of Americana commemorates the Armistice of November 11, 1918 that ended the First World War. A soldier and a sailor positioned on either side look toward a central motif in which the broken heart of the world is being mended by the loving hands of “justice” and “equality” tying the bandage of “liberty”.
Below the heart is the Blue Star Service Banner that families hung to signify that a loved one was serving in the Army. Below the Blue Star Banner is an poem intended to either be covered with your loved one’s photograph or to be cut out and replaced by a photo of your loved one while the poem would be sent to him abroad. The flags of the Allies are all represented at the bottom on either side. All of this crowned by a spread winged American eagle clutching arrows and an olive branch.
Every inch of this unapologetically patriotic piece is covered with the banners, slogans, and poems of victory - every inch, that is, except the outside border which contains the actual advertising pitch for “Firschings Knit Underwear” made by “K-F Textile Mills, Utica, NY.”
And if all this isn’t enough, the back of this piece is covered with images of 1930’s movie stars, Marlene Dietrich, Robert Taylor, the Gerber Baby (I think), and a couple of others - looks like an old scrapbook page, probably from around the time the piece was framed.
CONDITION is excellent antique with a few minor losses and minor discoloration primarily around the border, the largest at the word “quality” on the upper left border, please look carefully at the photographs. Framed in a simple wooden frame under glass. Measures 15 ⅝” square, with a sight size of 13 ½” square. Weighs 2 lbs. 5.5 oz.
A fun patriotic piece of Americana that expresses the optimistic mood of the US at the end of the ‘War to End All Wars.’