1916 Original Wwi Irish Canadian Rangers Recruiting Poster For Sale
Date: c. 1916
Size: 41.25 x 27.5 inches
About The Poster: The poster, produced by the Montreal Litho Co. during the First World War, shows a soldier waving to troops, with ships leaving the harbour. The slogan, "We go next" addressed Irish Canadian Rangers.The 199th battalion was raised in Montreal by the 55th Irish Canadian Rangers under General Order 69 of July 15th 1916. The battalion sailed for England December 21st 1916 where it was absorbed into the 23rd Reserve Battalion in May 1917. The 23rd Reserve Battalion was one of the reserve battalions for the Quebec Regiments and provided reinforcements to the 14th, 24th, 87th and 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles, these being English speaking Montreal Battalions serving with the Canadian Corps on the Western Front. Being fully depleted of all ranks effective September 15th 1917 the 199th was disbanded under General Order 82 of 1918.
During the war, posters played an important role as vectors of motivation and patriotic fervour. "The appeal of posters also lies in the use of familiar images and expressions. Graphic artists combined their skill with advertising copywriters to sway public opinion and unite people in support of the war effort. The posters’ effectiveness arises from complex designs of words and symbols to communicate, invite action and build consensus." (Source : Australian National Wartime Museum, Patriotism, Persuasion, Propaganda, American War Posters). This poster has been mounted on linen and is in very good condition. It is found in important national collections (Library and Archives Canada, Library of Congress, U.S.A, Canadian War Museum). Please ask to see our other military posters!
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