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Poster - Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man, I'd Join The Navy. Be a man and do it.
  • Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man, I'd Join The Navy. Be a man and do it.
    Christy, Howard Chandler, born 1872 - died 1952
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Gee!! I Wish I Were a Man, I'd Join The Navy. Be a man and do it.

  • Object:

    Poster

  • Place of origin:

    United States (published)

  • Date:

    1917 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Christy, Howard Chandler, born 1872 - died 1952 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Colour half tone letterpress on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Underground Electric Railways Co. of London Ltd.

  • Museum number:

    E.118-1918

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case Y, shelf 76, box 23

The USA entered the First World War in 1917 as an ally of the British Empire and France. Recruitment posters carried a variety of messages. This one presents the war as a romantic adventure. Christy produced a series of images for recruitment posters in which young women - 'Christy girls' as they became known - challenged the masculinity of the male viewer.

Physical description

Portrait format colour poster. Blue ground; half length figure of a young woman in early 20th century sailor's uniform to left, with caption to right, and beneath 'Be a man and do it. United States Navy Recruiting Station'.

Place of Origin

United States (published)

Date

1917 (published)

Artist/maker

Christy, Howard Chandler, born 1872 - died 1952 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Colour half tone letterpress on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Howard Chandler Christy
Signature within the design

1917
Date; within the image; colour half-tone letterpress

Dimensions

Height: 765 mm sheet, Width: 511 mm sheet

Descriptive line

Howard Chandler Christy. Gee!! I wish I were a man, I'd join the Navy. Be a man and do it. 1917

Materials

Printing ink; Paper

Techniques

Colour half-tone letterpress

Subjects depicted

The navy; Gender identity; Gender; Women; Cross dressing; Naval cadets; War

Categories

Propaganda; Prints; Posters; Gender and Sexuality

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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