V. Aderente

Columbia Calls - Enlist Now for U.S. Army
30 x 40
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Original World War 1 antique poster: Columbia Calls - Enlist Now for U.S. Army. Original, linen backed 30 x 40 format.
Columbia Calls - Enlist Now for U.S. Army, painted by V. Aderente this famous image of Columbia carrying the American Flag forward into war. Draped in her white robe with the U.S. Flag flowing as she marches forward. Great addition to any collection.
color lithograph, copyright 1916, designed by Frances Adams Halsted, painted by Vincent Aderente. A wonderfully evocative poster featuring lady Columbia standing atop the world proudly holding the American flag in one hand and a sword in the other. Frances Halsted provides a six-stanza poem: "Awake! Ye men from dreams of Peace - Nor sleep when danger's near, But fling Old Glory to the breeze - There are no cowards here!..."
Rawls, p. 52. Borkan p. 19, Theofiles p. 18.
Wonderfully patriotic Army recruiting poster, before US declared war. This has become very scarce.
Columbia Calls

The poster was created in 1916, a full year before the US joined the war. Battle had been underway for two years in Europe, and the little war which was supposed to last four months was now becoming the great war, and the US needed to prepare to do more than watch it unfold.

Columbia is a quasi mythological figure, first referenced in a poem by Phyllis Wheatley during the revolutionary war. The name is said to be an amalgamation of Columbus and America. Many cities, ships and institutions took on her name such as the District of Columbia, Columbia University, etc.

The Poem on the Poster, which was written by the artist himself, reads

Awake! ye men from dreams of Peace
Nor sleep when danger’s near,
But flight Old Glory to the breeze –
There are no cowards here!

Our fathers fought; like heroes died,
For years their blood they gave
That honor, home and Peace be ours:
Awake! Thy country save!

Our flag for honor ever stands
To lift the weak, to lead the free.
America, our blessed land,
Is calling, calling thee.

From North to South; from Sea to Sea
I hear the answering cry;
‘Thy sons forever shall be free
For thee will live and die!’

Then flight Old Glory to the main
Beneath her stars enroll,
For cowardice shall never stain
The glory of her folds.

The Stars and Stripes shall lead us on
A mighty host for right –
That Peace shall reign forevermore
And war from Earth take flight.