Calobe Jackson, Jr., March
George, I saw your list of posters for Sci Tech and thought of this one. I have an original.
"Slacker" was a popular slang word for those who were opposed to fighting. My father was a member of the Pioneer Infantry and I have a picture of him in uniform. He often talked about songs of
WW1...."My Buddy," and "Lili Marlene." In the Korean War we still marched to
"Dixie" and "Lili Marlene," both songs of our enemies, but popular among our troops. Marlene
Dietrich and Hildegarde were especially great on the vocal of "Lili Marlene."
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Reply from Pauline Ferraro:
have no story but today I was in a barn that had booths for many
dealers. I did not see much that took my interest until I saw an old
oval frame with the picture named above , in. It is an old frame with
curved glass. When I got home I typed up the title and immediately came
up with information. My picture shows man and lady and marching black
soldiers in the background. A small portion of our Beloved Flag is
showing. Also only part of the pillar is showing as the poster has been
cut to fit the frame. The picture is magnificent and I fell in love with
it immediately and bought it. I truly wish the entire picture was there
and had not been cut but it is beautiful as it is. Thanks for reading.
(September 14, 2006)
We get many, many inquiries about this
poster, but unfortunately, know little about its history or the artist,
beyond what Calobe Jackson has discussed above. The artist was E.
G. Renesch, and it was published in Chicago, in 1918. Renesch
painted many patriotic posters during this time, including at least one
other poster with an African American theme. It was called "True
Blue," and depicted an African American family gazing at the portrait of
the father, in an American army uniform, on the living room mantle.
The father was serving in Europe and the wife and young children awaited
his return at home.
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