Interessen Gemein Schaft Verbietet Schon (Scharfen Protest an Albion)
obverse design : President Woodrow Wilson, half-length figure, full face slightly inclined to right, caricature, holding
an inverted top-hat, decorated with the stars and stripes, in his right hand. The forefinger of his left hand is raised in an admonitory
manner. In the background six tall smoking chimneys
obverse text : "INTERESSEN GEMEIN SCHAFT VERBIETET SCHON"
reverse design : soldier, Scottish, caricature, personifying Britain, standing on two small steamships, one, in foreground, flying the
"stars and stripes". The soldier holds two large sacks, one under each arm. That under his right arm is marked "POST RAVB" and the other
reverse text : "SCHARFEN PROTEST AN ALBION"
In this 1916 satirical piece Goetz attempts to fuel anti-British feeling, especially in the USA, in connection with the
abuse, as he saw it, by the Royal Navy of the conventions of right of search on the high seas in time of war. Goetz seized on American
complaints regarding Britain's searching and control of neutral mail and trade, seeing in it an opportunity to weaken any sympathies
America might have for the Allied cause. The postal control and censorship established by Britain via its economic blockade of Germany did
in fact yield valuable information about the activities of 'neutral' firms. The obverse text is translated as 'Community of interest
prohibits', and the reverse text as 'Sharp protest to Albion'. The text on the right hand sack (on reverse design) is translated as 'Mail