Today, We Are All ‘Wireless Fans’

March 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

“You Wireless Fans”
Charles Buckles Falls
Stone Lithograph
printed circa 1918  in the US
One hundred years ago, if you wanted news, you didn’t say “Let’s turn on the radio”.  Instead you would say “Let’s listen to the wireless”. This is a great example of how the poster records vernacular.  Ask any kid today what wireless means and they won’t say the radio!
This is a rare American World War I Recruiting poster.  The US needed telecommunications officers when we joined the war in 1917 and amateur radio operators were ideal because of their familiarity with the technology. The piece is a stone lithograph, distinguished by it’s modern, almost futuristic style.  Most World War I posters are sentimental in feel, CB Falls work stands out in contrast because of it’s strong graphic style.

This post was written by  Elizabeth Norris, owner of Vintage European Posters.
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