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US war bonds poster with Rockwell painting of Thanksgiving dinner to promote freedom from want

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.4

Four Freedoms war bonds poster featuring a Norman Rockwell painting of a traditional New England Thanksgiving dinner as a symbol of the Freedom from Want for which we were fighting the war. It is one of a series of four posters (1988.42.1, 2,3) 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 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
Ours... to Fight for - Freedom From Want
Series Title
OWI poster, no. 45
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 18:29:29
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