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EXTRAORDINARY MARINE CORPS RECRUITMENT POSTER BY SIDNEY RIESENBERG (1885-1971), WITH SHARPLY APPOINTED OFFICERS STROLLING IN AN EXOTIC LOCAL, POSSIBLY MARRAKESH; NO OTHER COPIES PRESENTLY KNOWN; UNLISTED IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRE-FIRST WORLD WAR

EXTRAORDINARY MARINE CORPS RECRUITMENT POSTER BY SIDNEY RIESENBERG (1885-1971), WITH SHARPLY APPOINTED OFFICERS STROLLING IN AN EXOTIC LOCAL, POSSIBLY MARRAKESH; NO OTHER COPIES PRESENTLY KNOWN; UNLISTED IN THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS, PRE-FIRST WORLD WAR

Web ID: pat-705
Available: In Stock
Frame Size (H x L): Approx. 52" x 42"
Flag Size (H x L): 40" x 30"
 
Description:
Easily among the best Marine Corps recruiting posters that I have ever encountered is this large scale example with great color and graphics, illustrated by Sidney Riesenberg (b. Dec. 12th, 1885, d. Oct. 11, 1971). Measuring 40 x 30 inches, with a beautiful combination of fire red and indigo, the image features two handsome, sharply dressed officers strolling in an exotic port town, possibly Marrakesh, on a city street with an ox-drawn hay wagon and merchant women with baskets and pottery.

The advertisement of “Three-In-One Service — Land Sea and Sky” is great, and the byline: “Where Our Warships Go | You’ll Find the Marines” is even better. What I really find masterful, artistically speaking, is the use of what appears to be just two pigments—maybe three—plus white, to achieve such a beautiful scene that just draws you in. The shades of fire red and indigo are particularly wonderful.

I have to imagine that the artwork was more parent and perhaps fiancée-driven than it was an enticement for teenage boys to join the service, though the casual attitude of the men does convey both an air of machismo and a deceptive presentation of ease in the day-to-day life of a Marine.

Born in Chicago, Illinois on December 12th, 1885, Riesenberg trained at the Art Institute of Chicago. He became famous for his Marine Corps and war drive posters of WWI and WWII, book covers and magazine art. He lived most of his working life Yonkers, with a studio in Manhattan. He died in Cambridge, Massachusetts on October 11th, 1971.

Mounting: The black-painted, hand-gilded and distressed molding is Italian. 100% cotton rag mat, wrapped in 100% cotton twill, black in color, was used to support the poster and keep it away from the glazing, which is U.V. protective acrylic (Plexiglas). The black fabric was washed and treated for colorfastness.

Condition: A small tear in the center of the lower edge was repaired.
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Collector Level: Advanced Collectors and the Person with Everything
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Earliest Date of Origin: 1910
Latest Date of Origin: 1916
State/Affiliation: New York
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