U. S. Navy Recruiting
1863 to 1939
Posters and Magazine Advertisements

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Men Wanted
Qualifications: Able bodied and Not in the Army!
Circa 1863

Avoid the conscript bill!
Chances for warrants, bounties, and Medals of Honor.
Civil War era.


Charles Graham, an engineer at the New York Naval Shipyard (the Brooklyn Navy Yard), recruited 400 yard workers and sailors to the U.S. Army for duty in Chesapeake Bay.  




U.S. Navy ships (clockwise from upper left): Bon Homme Richard, Constitution,  Oregon and Hartford, with USS Michigan (BB-27) in  center. Published for Naval Recruiting Station, Saint Louis,  MO.  Faint stamp near USS Oregon states: "After July 1, 1908, pay herein mentioned will be increased 10%"

Young Men Wanted
South Carolina class Battleship.
Circa 1909

Popular Mechanics
Advertisement 1908


Recruiter's postcard circa 1910 - 1917.  "Trooping the Colors."  Parade ground scene Naval Training Station, San Francisco, CA (Yerba Buena Island) in San Francisco Bay.  Back of card compares civilian employment with Navy benefits.

Popular Mechanics
Advertisement 1908

Popular Mechanics
Advertisement 1908
Women Awake
Join the Navy League - 1914
(Prior to women in Naval Reserve, 1916)
Illustrator - Hazel Roberts
Join the Navy
The Reasons Why

Your friendly Navy Recruiters - 1914.    

WORLD WAR I to 1939

I Want You (1917)
Illustrator -  Howard Chandler Christy

Make American History
Illustrator - James Montgomery Flagg



To Arms
Illustrator - James Montgomery Flagg

A Wonderful Opportunity
Illustrator - Charles E. Ruttan



Gee!! I wish I were a man
Illustrator -  Howard Chandler Christy
Model - Mrs. Nancy Christy

U.S. Naval Aviation

Follow the boys in blue
Illustrator - G. Wright

Follow the boys in blue
Illustrator - G. Wright


All together - Enlist in the Navy
Sailors of six nations
Illustrator - H. Reuterdahl

He is keeping the World safe for Democracy
Illustrator - C Carleton

Follow the Flag
Illustrator - James Daughtery

Follow the Flag for Freedom.
Illustrator - James Daughtery

Sea Cooks
Pay scale

Sword is drawn
Illustrator - Kenyon Cox

These men have come across.
Illustrator - J. C. Leyendecker

See World, Save Money, Serve Country.

Be ready

Service for training and travel
Illustrator - James Montgomery Flagg

Find the range.

Here he is sir.
Illustrator - Charles Dana Gibson


Join the Navy
Illustrator - Herbert Paus

Over there.
Illustrator - Albert Sterner
I'm Doing My Duty
Are You?
Illustrator - Clinton Jordan
On Guard!
Illustrator - H. B. Matthews

Navy put 'em across
Illustrator - Reuterdahl

He is getting our country's signal.
Wireless Fans
Help the Navy Get the Hun Submarine
Illustrator - C.B. Falls

I Want You in the Navy
and I Want You Now
Illustrator - James Montgomery Flagg

Your Country Needs You
America Calls
Illustrator - J. C. Leyendecker (1917)
Will You Supply Eyes for the Navy
Illustrator - Gordon Grant
This Gun Is "Over There"
Where are You?
Service for Fighting Men.
Illustrator - Babcock
Uncle Sam's Birthday
July 4th 1918
142 Years Young
What the Navy is doing. First Call
Come Along
Illustrator - James Daughtery
Give the World the Once Over
Illustrator - James Daughtery
Damn the Torpedoes
Illustrator - Henry Alexander Ogden
Navy Recruiting Week
Help Your Country
Illustrator - H. Reuterdahl
Pull Together Men
Illustrator - Paul R. Boomhower
Navy Calling When You Fire Remember This
Illustrator - W. A. Rogers
Here Is Opportunity   The First Line of Defense
Needs You
Illustrator - Hampton F. Shirer 
  "How about trying the Navy, Doughboy?"    A Change Shot 
  Wake up - New Yorkers!    Keep the American Flag on the Seas
Illustrator - Frank Vining Smith 
Your Country Needs You Now
Illustrator - J. P. Nuyttens

Poster Sources:
National Archives and Records Administration
Library of Congress
Various private collectors and illustration assignees. does not sell posters. Possible sources.
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