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US war bonds poster of a Rockwell painting depicting a man exercising freedom of speech

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.1

Four Freedoms war bonds poster featuring an image designed by Norman Rockwell in 1943. The poster shows a man standing to speak at a town meeting, symbolizing the freedom speech. It is one of a four-poster series using Rockwell's paintings, which were inspired by President Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms. He described these in his 1941 State of the Union Address (also called the Four Freedoms Speech): freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The United States entered World War II in December 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Office of War Information (OWI) was established in June 1942, to control the message and imagery of government information about the war. This office controlled the design and distribution of war information to the American public in print, radio, and film media, and commissioned work from leading artists. Rockwell created a series of sketches about the Four Freedoms to support the war effort, but no one in Washington was interested in using them initially. The paintings were later published by the Saturday Evening Post beginning on February 26, 1943, and then reprinted, with permission, by the OWI. The OWI launched a nationwide tour with the paintings, raising $130 million dollars in war bond sales. They also offered the posters for sale in three different sizes, and four million sets of the posters were printed.

Artwork Title
Save Freedom of Speech
Series Title
Four Freedoms
Buy War Bonds
publication/distribution:  1943
publication: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
War Posters.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
Record last modified: 2023-08-28 07:50:47
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