Christy, Howard Chandler: If You Want to Fight 1915.
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Christy, Howard Chandler: If You Want to Fight 1915.

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Howard Chandler Christy's If You Want to Fight 1915 is the earliest and rarest of the Christy girl recruiting series. The celebrated artist pictures a come hither young girl in dress blues encouraging young men to join the Marines. The Christy girl was always drop dead beautifu and according to the artist, sexy and outdoorsy at the same time - the sort of woman Marines would want to come home to. The Marines did not accept women until 1918, and then only in the Marine Reserves to fill clerical positions to release men for combat. 40x30 mint, conservation backed.

Bibliography: Peter Paret Persuasive Images, 89, Walton Rawls Wake Up, America! 249.