Howard Chandler Christy. "Americans All! Victory Liberty Loan".
Boston: Forbes, 1919. 40 x 27. Lithograph. Margins trimmed to image as issued. Two 1 1/4 x 5/8 inch holes (lower left hand side and in dress) filled and in-painted with several minor repaired tears along edges. Two horizontal soft folds. Else, fine condition.
The V loan was launched in April 1919, more than 5 months after the war ended. But 2 million men were still overseas and the government needed more money. The illustration is an allegorical "Christy Girl" standing in front of the American flag, holding a wreath over an "Honor roll" consisting of last names from different ethnicities who had family perish in combat. Christy began as a war artist following Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders in Cuba. Preferring the depiction of pretty girls over men at war, his "Christy Girl" took her place in the mind of America and countless calendars, magazine covers, book illustrations and collectibles