[East Bay Lodges B.P.O. Elks. 1925. Poster, printed recto only on card stock paper. Grey and black illustration of an ill soldier wrapped in a blanket in a chair. 24-1/8" x 13-7/8". Stiff paperboard, recto white. Grey lettering and illustration to recto. Significant damp-staining to right 1/3 of poster; lighter damp-staining to remaining edges; ~2-1/4" x 1/2" piece chipped from left edge; some loss to lower corner; punch holes to head and foot. Verso tape repair to lower right corner. Fair condition only. Item #42910
Poster advertising a benefit held for the new Veterans Tubercular Hospital in Livermore, under the auspices of the East Bay Lodges B.P.O Elks, assisted by the War Veterans Bodies of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Elks aimed to raise $15,000 in order to build a recreation bungalow/ visitors' area beside the hospital, which was still under construction at the time and had failed to include such facilities in the building plans. The Hayward Daily Review quotes D.W. Pierson as saying that "[t]he show will be the very best. Prize acts from the leading vaudeville concerns on the coast have been secured, and without a doubt the show will be worth far more than the price advertised" [Feb. 21, 1925].
It is unclear if the Elks achieved their goal. The hospital opened April 13, 1925, and was "the first VA west coast facility to include beds for women patients." ["50 years: A Look Back. Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System 1960 – 2010"]
We find no other survivors on the market, and wish this one was in better condition. Priced accordingly.