Britishers, Enlist To-day


This World War I poster showing the British flag was published in New York in 1917 and was aimed at encouraging British citizens living in the United States to enlist in the armed forces. The poster lists 280 Broadway in lower Manhattan as the location of a recruitment office. In January 1916, the British Parliament passed the Military Service Act, which went into effect on March 2, 1916. The act specified that men between the ages of 18 and 41 could be called up for service in the army. Men who were married, widowed with children, or who worked in certain professions were exempt. This poster is by Guy Lipscombe, a British artist who was born circa 1881 and who headed the art department of the British weekly car magazine The Motor beginning in 1903. Lipscombe, who produced more than 40 covers for that magazine and for its rival Autocar, was also a war artist during World War I.

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The Hegeman Print, New York


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1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 70 x 49 centimeters



  1. D.B. Tubbs, Art and the Automobile (New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1978).

Last updated: November 14, 2017