This poster published ca. 1915 by the Jewish Relief Campaign – later to merge into what became the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (“The Joint”) – is perhaps the greatest American Jewish advertising poster. We have another version for sale, but this is undoubtedly the rarer. The Relief Campaign organized to help Eastern European Jews caught in the war published its original poster to encourage contributions. To thank the contributors for their donations, the Campaign printed onto the original image a thank you note over the names of four organizers – Jacob Schiff, Nathan Strauss, Louis Marshall and J (James) Warburg – prominent Jewish community leaders at the beginning of the 20th century. Schiff was a major Wall Street banker; Strauss co-owned R.H. Macy & Company, and Abraham & Strauss; Marshall was an important New York lawyer and an early conservationist instrumental in establishing the forestry college that is now the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry; and James Warburg was a banker who among other posts was a financial advisor (1932-1934) to President Roosevelt. Marshall was the only one of the four who had not emmigrated from Germany, but both his parents had. The poster has various small repaired tears and minor losses that do not affect the overall image; it is backed onto an acid free canvas. We will ship the poster in a sturdy tube. Because of its importance and rarity, this poster would be a major addition to any collection.
sheet dimensions: height – 40 1/8”, width – 29 3/8”