This poster from 1918 was created by James Henry Daugherty (1889-1974) and commissioned by the Emergency Fleet Corporation (EFC). The EFC was founded in 1917 by the United States Shipping Board (USSB), which was established while the United States was at peace to try to restore the nation's Merchant Marine. After the entry of the U.S. in WWI the function of the USSB changed radically, becoming a military agency that maintained the line of communication between America and Europe.
In this poster we see the dramatic image of an eagle flying over an American ship fleet, with the text “The Ships Are Coming” under it. The eagle seems to be the American spirit animal accompanying the ships that set sail to Europe.
The artist of the poster, James Henry Daugherty, started his career studying in the Corcoran Gallery's Free School and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He then moved to Europe with his family and in London continued his artistic studies. After returning to the United States in 1907, Daugherty moved to New York City and worked as an illustrator. During WWI he got commissions from different US Government agencies to design propaganda posters and also worked in a camouflage unit and experimented with colors. During the 1920's, Daugherty began painting in a more realist style and was concentrated on murals. In addition to painting murals, Daugherty illustrated over fifty children's books. His works are part of collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
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