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October 26, 2007

Ephemeral Recruiting Broadside for Chasing Pancho Villa

28. [BORDERLANDS]. [PANCHO VILLA & THE PUNITIVE EXPEDITION]. U.S. ARMY. Wanted! More Men for Army with Delaware Troops to Serve in Mexico Good Pay and Allowances All Expenses Paid by U.S. Government Good Chance to See the World and Serve Your Country. Apply to Recruiting Office Armory, Dover Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. N.p., n.d. [Dover, 1916]. Broadside (22. x 15.2 cm), text within border composed of miniature U.S. flags. Right blank margin and upper right blank corner chipped with small losses (not affecting text or border), otherwise a fine copy of a fragile item printed on cheap paper.

            The so-called Punitive Expedition was launched by the United States in retaliation for the 1916 raid on Columbus, New Mexico, by Pancho Villa (Doroteo Arango Arámbula, 1878–1923). Despite a large campaign of several thousand men and the use of aircraft, General John J. Pershing’s force was unable for various reasons to capture Villa, and in fact, came into conflict with regular Mexican troops. On the whole, the expedition was a failure. One must be slightly amused at this broadside’s promise that all expenses will be paid by Uncle Sam and that joining the expedition will provide a quote “good chance to see the world.” The Delaware National Guard was called up for the expedition. ($100-300)

Sold. Hammer: $400.00; Price Realized: $470.00

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