Churchill Collectables: Sir Joseph Porter Statue
By BRIAN KRAPF
Further research confirmed the connection between WSC and Sir Joseph Porter. After Gallipoli, newspapers compared Churchill to Porter by painting him to appear as an inept, privileged office holder. Surely, only a “Sir Joseph Porter” would make tactical naval decisions resulting in such a disastrous outcome. This bisque statue, therefore, is meant as a parody of WSC and dates to 1915. It is a reminder of public opinion against Churchill in the critical aftermath of Gallipoli.
Brian Krapf formerly served as President of the American Political Items Collectors, which is devoted to the preservation and study of America’s political heritage. He has been honored with APIC’s highest award: induction into the organization’s Hall of Fame. Items from the Krapf collection have been featured in History Channel documentaries and also in major print media publications. He has also served as a national advisor to eBay in the areas of security and fraud detection, and he designed eBay’s current political memorabilia listing categories.