'Travel? Adventure? Join the Marines' by James M. Flagg Vintage Advertisement Buyenlarge
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Flagg's recruiting poster Travel? Adventure? Join the Marines of 1917, is a humorous image that defines jaunty. The poster shows a young Marine enlisted man holding his .03 Springfield rifle at port arms which riding backwards on a bucking leopard. The acrobatic smiling Marine is shown wrapping his feet around the belly of the best while somehow remaining posture perfect. The poster boy Marine wears a uniform well suited for the tropics a campaign hat with the globe and anchor, ca anvas cartridge belt around his slim waist and leggings of the same material secured by a strap looped just in front of the boot heel. Just behind this surreal scene, which would be the envy of any rodeo rider, palm fronds are pictured swaying on a warm tropical breeze. Affairs were'nt so idyllic in the Caribbean Basin the year this poster was printed. A series of revolutions has rocked the Caribean and Central America for decades, that the Marines were often called on to quell. At the time the Marines only had a complement of 15,000 or less, but these dedicated professionals often reenlisted, providiin a capable cadre of officers and men. This small number assued that only a comparatively smalll numer of these recruiting posters assured that only a comparatively small number of these required to maintain this elite volunteer force, making these particular posters rare and collectible by anyone with a serious interest in the Corp's illustrious history. demonstrates the Marine's complete mastery of a virtually impossible and dangerous situation. Buyenlarge



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