Washington, DC:, Office of War Information / GPO, 1942. Folio color photolithographic broadside (37 x 29", 94 x 70 cm). Folded, as issued. Faint tanning to folds on blank verso, otherwise a lovely, fresh, unused copy. Item #WRCLIT70194
One of the several dramatic posters published by the OWI and other agencies based on paintings by Fischer focusing on the service of the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine after the US's entry into the war. This poster emphasizes the importance of maintaining secrecy surrounding the sailings of merchant vessels. In the foreground, a crew of seamen, two of them badly injured, pull away in a life boat from a flaming and largely destroyed ship that fills the background. This is the larger format of two in which this poster was printed. The German-born Fischer, who left his home country at the age of 15, was sworn in as a Lt. Commander in the Coast Guard, and based on his talent as a commercial illustrator, assigned the duty of portraying visually the involvement of the Coast Guard and Merchant Marine in the war effort. Fischer's civilian career included assignments for top US periodicals, as well as illustrating editions of MOBY DICK and other classic works of sea literature.