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US war bonds poster with Rockwell painting of people of different faiths to promote freedom of worship

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.2

Four Freedoms war bonds poster featuring a Norman Rockwell painting of people praying as a symbol of the Freedom of Worship for which we were fighting the war. Some people carry symbols of their faiths: a girl with prayer beads, an old woman with her palms pressed together, and a man in a yarmulke. At the top is the phrase: "Each according to the dictates of his own conscience." It is one of a series of four posters (1988.42.1,3,4) using Rockwell's paintings, inspired by the Four Freedoms described in Roosevelt's 1941 State of the Union Address: freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. The US entered the war in December 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Office of War Information (OWI) was set up in June 1942 to control the message and imagery of government information about the war. Rockwell created a sketches about the Four Freedoms to help the war effort, but no one in Washington was interested. The paintings were published by the Saturday Evening Post beginning 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 Worship - Buy War Bonds
Series Title
OWI poster, no. 43
Buy War Bonds
publication/distribution:  1943
publication: Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 18:29:28
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