Prestito Della Liberazi Poster
- Poster in metal frame
- 20 X 28 inches
- $20 flat fee shipping
Artist Luciano Achille Mauzan (1883-1952).
Italy, among the allied powers during WWI, also used posters to promote the war effort. This 1917 poster presents a solemn-faced allegorical figure of Italy, winged and laurel-wreathed, extending a sword to which arms reach in an ancient Roman oath-swearing gesture. On the banner, a quote refers to "the return of what was ours", meaning conquered Italian territory and perhaps Italian pride.
During World War I, many branches of the federal government used posters to urge Americans to support the war effort. In a time without radio, TV, or the Internet, posters were an inexpensive way to deliver powerful messages to millions of people. The government hired well-known artists to create designs that unified the American people. Posters continued to be published during World War II, and new posters are still in production. The National Archives holds close to 20,000 posters produced by military and civilian agencies.