Back our girls over there, 1918

SKU: 5968
Signed in the plate
Lithographic poster
26 5/8 x 19  in.

Height – 20.3cm x Width – 48.3cm


This Young Women’s Christian Association,poster for the United War Work Campaign shows a women telephone operator working behind the French Frontline The poster was distributed and printed by the Y.W.C.A., to persuade  primarily young middle-class Christian women to enlist and help in the  War effort.The United War Work Campaign was a combined effort of several organizations, including the Y.W.C.A., to raise money for the war.

‚ÄúHello Girls,‚Äù as American soldiers called them, were American women who served as telephone operators for Pershing’s forces in Europe. The women were fluent in French and English and were specially trained by the American Telephone and Telegraph Company. In 1979, the U.S. Army finally gave war medals and veteran benefits to the few Hello Girls who were still alive
America alone produced about 2,500 poster designs and approximately 20 million posters – nearly 1 for every 4 citizens – in little more than 2 years.

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Clarence F. Underwood
Clarence F.
1871 - 1929

Underwood studied at the Art Students League and the Academy of Julian in Paris with J.P.Laurens, Constant andBouguereau. In 1896. Underwood create images for magazines Saturday Evening Post, Ladies’ World magazine and others, as well as works by many literary works. Underwood was born in Jamestown, NY, during his studies took place in Paris, after which he chose for himself a career illustrator. Underwood was a member of the Society of Illustrators in New York City in 1910 and was on staff of the New York Press.