A Student of History

May 23, 2007

Join the Tanks!!

Filed under: NC History,Wars — John Maass @ 9:53 pm

Two striking World War I posters from the Poster Collection of the N.C. State Archives are available for purchase from the Historical Publications Section of the state Office of Archives and History. Each poster is enhanced with information about its purpose and about its artist.

The “Treat ۥEm Rough! Join the Tanks” poster (ca. 1917) was created by the artist August William Hutaf (1879-1942), an advertising executive best known for his commercial artwork. It was used as a recruiting poster for the U.S. Tank Corps. The dramatic poster, which measures 25½ x 40 inches, features an attacking cat leaping over a tank, which became (and remains) the trademark of the Tank Corps. The stark, colorful graphic design elicited strong emotions and remains a vivid reminder of the First World War.

Order from Historical Publications Section, Office of Archives and History, 4622 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4622.

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