Today in History: American Red Cross founded in 1881

Today in History: American Red Cross founded in 1881

137 years ago today, humanitarians Clara Barton and Adolphus Solomons found the American National Red Cross in Washington, DC. an organization established to provide humanitarian aid to victims of wars and natural disasters in congruence with the International Red Cross. Barton had been known as the “Angel of the Battlefield” for tireless dedication to helping the sick and wounded during the American Civil War. She was in Europe when the Franco-Prussian War broke out in 1870 where she joined the International Red Cross to work behind the German lines. After her return to the United States, she organized an American branch of the International Red Cross. The American Red Cross received its first U.S. federal charter in 1900. Barton headed the organization into her 80s and died in 1912.

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Today is National Auctioneers Day

Today is National Auctioneers Day

We simply could not resist: Going once … Going twice … SOLD ! National Auctioneers Day is observed every year on the third Saturday in April. According to the National Auctioneers Association, it is estimated nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in goods and services are sold by professional auctioneers each year. The sales method is over 2,000 years old; in the United States, it developed during the Civil War. The rapidly punctuated chatter of some auctioneers not only gets the job done but can make it entertaining as well. Across the country, auction houses offer anything from livestock to automobiles. Sometimes, some very bizarre (and often quite expensive) items might surface, incl. a false set of Winston Churchill’s teeth that fetched over $23,000 back in 2010.

We just stick to vintage posters for now and hope you will join us for our April 28 sale. Happy bidding. The poster will be offered in our April 28 auction. For inquiries, email posterconnection@gmail.com.

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Today in History: Howard Chandler Christy born in 1873

Today in History: Howard Chandler Christy born in 1873

145 years ago today, the American artist and illustrator Howard Chandler Christy was born in Morgan County, Ohio. Christy studied art in New York at the Art Students League and later at the National Academy of Design under William Chase. Christy went to Cuba in 1898 to cover the Spanish-American War where he quickly gained a reputation as a wartime artist. His breakthrough came with the publication of “The Soldier’s Dream” in Scribners magazine. The girl he portrayed became known as “The Christy Girl” and was later featured in many other magazines as well as his famous World War I recruitment posters. After the war, Christy continued to paint, focusing on portraits and later on landscapes. The artist is perhaps best known for his 1940 historic paining “Signing the Constitution” that is displayed in the U.S. Capital. Christy died in New York in 1952.

Poster from our April 2018 auction. Inquiries at posters@posterconnection.com

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Today in History: U.S. Marine Corps created in 1775

Today in History: U.S. Marine Corps created in 1775

242 years ago today, during the American Revolution, the Continental Congress passed a resolution forming two battalions of Continental Marines capable of fighting for independence both at sea and on shore. The resolution was drafted by future U.S. president John Adams and adopted in Philadelphia on November 10, 1775. The original U.S. Marines distinguished themselves in important operations during the Revolutionary War. In July 1798. the U.S. Marine Corps became a permanent military force under the jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy (formed in May 1798). Marines have participated in all the wars of the United States and in most cases were the first soldiers to fight. Today, the USMC  has approx. 200,000 active-duty members and 40,000 reserve Marines.

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Today is National Eating Healthy Day!

Today is National Eating Healthy Day!

Observed since 2009.

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Winter Sale 2017 Today

Auction Today.

Today is the day! Don’t miss our 2017 winter poster sale. Part of the offering is this fabulous 1950s Air France poster promoting travel to South America. Reserve: $100 ! Auction starts at 10 am.  http://www.invaluable.com/catalog/6TNKLC4W8P

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Today in History: Howard Chandler Christy born in 1873

Today in History: Howard Chandler Christy born in 1873

144 years ago today, the American artist and illustrator Howard Chandler Christy was born in Morgan County, Ohio. Christy studied art in New York at the Art Students League and later at the National Academy of Design under William Chase. Christy went to Cuba in 1898 to cover the Spanish-American War where he quickly gained a reputation as a wartime artist.  His breakthrough came with the publication of “The Soldier’s Dream” in Scribners magazine. The girl he portrayed became known as “The Christy Girl” and was later featured in many other magazines as well as his famous World War I recruitment posters. After the war, Christy continued to paint, focusing on portraits and later on landscapes. The artist is perhaps best known for his 1940 historic paining “Signing the Constitution” that is displayed in the U.S. Capital.  Christy died in New York in 1952.

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