"The War between Russia and Turkey", stone lithograph
poster, November 1914. While a primitive monoplane flies
overhead, a combination of Russian infantry and Cossacks
decimate the Turkish army. Incredibly fantastic WW1
lithographed poster displays an almost icon-like lack of
Medium size: measures 22 ¾" x 17 ¾". Marked: "Cleared by
Military Censorship, 13 November 1914." Note that this date
is according to the old Julian calendar still used in Russia
at the time; it is November 26th according to the new
Gregorian calendar that had been adopted by most of the rest
of the world.] Printed by Korchak-Novitskiy Chromo-
Lithography in Kiev.
Of all the Russians bustling around this fantasy
battlefield, only one looks directly at us as he raises his
sword; is it imagination that he bears a vague likeness of
Tsar Nicholas II?
The battlefield report at the bottom reads [please note, the
dates are according to the old, Julian calendar, and the
names of locations are transliterated from original Russian
text], "From the Headquarters of the Caucasian Army, 22
October. Our Troops have invaded Turkey, overrun the advance
units of the Turkish troops, and stormed and captured Zivin,
Karkilisa, Pssinskaya, Akhty, Butakh, Khorun, Mysyn and
Arzap. The Turks are retreating, taking losses and leaving
behind their dead. One of our columns suddenly attacked the
enemy at Ardost. The Turks fled, abandoning their wounded.
Upon kicking the Turks out of the village of Id, we captured
large stores of their provisions. We captured Alikidisa,
Khorosan, and the Karaderbent Pass. Our mounted Cossacks ?
valiantly attacked their trenches and cut down the Turkish
infantry. Our column traversed 80 versts via difficult
mountain roads in 30 hours and then fell upon the Turks near
Mysun and Diadin, scattering a significant number of the
enemy troops from Kurdish regiments, and then occupied the
Diadin, capturing prisoners, weapons and war supplies. On 21
October, we captured Bayazet whereupon a large number of the
Turkish defenders were dispersed."
The poster's central image is in very good condition. The
colors, while darker than many prints are unfaded and still
quite fresh. The outer edges show the fraying and splitting
typical of posters and prints that have been stored rolled
and standing on their ends for over a hundred years. There
are a few places on the outer edges were a small amount of
sticky tape was once applied; we think that if the print is
given a mat that goes directly up to the image, it would be
possible to disguise the edge fraying. The alternative is to
take it to a paper conservator and have it linen mounted. We
find the Tsar-like officer quite interesting and a good
reason just by himself to have this print suitably framed.