I have to share this one just because it made me laugh. While in San Francisco, we went to a small restaurant half Mexican, half Dominican, in the Mission neighborhood (that is mostly Mexican). If anyone out there knows more about the poster, please let us know!
While having lunch I noticed what seems to be a very old poster framed, hanging above a door, with a Pancho Villa claiming "I want you, Gringo". After lunch I decided to take a closer look and I find it pretty funny. So I decided to take a picture of it and here it is:
What made everything even funnier was that while I was taking the pictures a very old Spanish speaking lady approached me and asked "Who is that guy?".
When I answered "Pancho Villa, I guess" she started shaking her head and repeating in loud voice "Oh my God, Pancho Villa, mira, Pancho Villa, es Pancho Villa". She seemed totally impressed by that.
The waiter at the restaurant didn't know enough about the poster. And while it seems "fake" to me, while looking online to see if I could find more info about it, I found some t-shirts with the same image that according to the company selling them are based on "vintage posters" from the Mexican Revolution. (the T-Shirts do not have the whole thing, just the image and the "I want you, Gringo")
Is difficult to believe that this "ad" was made a couple of years before Uncle Sam started his famous "I want you" campaign for the US Army, but I guess anything is possible. My knowledge about the Mexican revolution is pretty superficial, but I do know that they wanted the US to intervene -so again-, something like this may have been part of their propaganda. If that was the case, I guess that whoever came up with the Uncle Sam poster was "inspired" by this poster. Or maybe it was a fairly ordinary pattern, the same way that the "Wanted: Dead or Alive" was at some point.
The whole thing reads (sic):
fight in the
and be proud to ride with
Nearest recruiting station
Dynamiters - Machinegunners
Viva - January 1915 - Viva
Totally faked or based in something real, it is impossible not to smile at the naivete of the message, as well as the "open positions" or the bonus offered in the form of pride.
If anyone out there knows more about the poster, please let us know!