Give the World the Once over in the United States Navy


This colorful recruiting poster issued by the Press Navy Recruiting Bureau in New York in 1919 shows sailors as tourists in India, riding an elephant and taking snapshots. The text urges young men to join the U.S. Navy as a way to see the world. Between 1914 and the end of World War I, the U.S. Navy added nearly 80 vessels, mostly destroyers and submarines, and needed manpower to operate these ships. This poster is by James Henry Daugherty (1889–1974), a painter and illustrator who produced posters for the Navy and the U.S. Shipping Board during World War I. Daugherty was born in Asheville, North Carolina, grew up in the Indiana-Ohio area, and studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C. His wide-ranging works include abstract paintings and books for children that he both wrote and illustrated, and for which he won the Caldecott Medal in 1939 and 1957 and the Newbery Medal in 1940.

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Press Navy Recruiting Bureau, New York


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Give the world the once over in the United States Navy

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1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 107 x 71 centimeters



  1. “Biographical Sketch,” James Henry Daugherty Papers, Elmer L. Andersen Library, University of Minnesota,

Last updated: February 10, 2014