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US price control poster with white text against a blue background

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.34

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    US price control poster with white text against a blue background


    Brief Narrative
    This poster is part of the price control program established by the Office of Price Administration in the US during World War II. The OPA was formed on August 28, 1941 by President Roosevelt’s Executive Order 8875. After the passage of the Emergency Price Control Act on January 30, 1942, the OPA tried to counteract the rising prices of food and commodities by introducing rationing and fixing price ceilings on goods. The combination of shipping food and commodities to our troops and allies and the high priority placed on military goods left a scarcity of supplies on the US home front. The OPA developed a local board system in every county and almost every city and town in the US to administer price control and rationing. Price panel assistants would visit local stores to make sure that prices were adjusted accordingly, and report those that were not. Despite OPA’s price ceilings, prices for some food items continued to rise until April 8, 1943 when President Roosevelt signed his Hold the Line order, Executive Order 9328, which stopped all rising prices for food. Price control continued until November 9, 1946 when President Truman signed an executive order ending all wage and price controls except on rents, sugar, and rice.
    Artwork Title
    Our Pledge To Keep Prices Down
    publication/distribution:  1944
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
    front, top, border of circle, white on red field : (star) GROCER – CONSUMER (star) / ANTI – INFLATION CAMPAIGN
    front, top, inside circle, white on blue field : (star) PLEDGED TO (star) / KEEP PRICES DOWN
    front, center, white on blue : OUR PLEDGE / 1. We charge only ceiling prices…or less. / 2. We post our ceiling price lists promi- / nently for your convenience. / 3. We welcome questions about our prices. / If, in spite of our utmost care, a mistake / occurs, please bring it to our attention. / It will be corrected immediately. / 4. We consider it our patriotic duty / TO KEEP PRICES DOWN
    front, bottom edge center, blue ink : ✩ U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1944 – O - 610599
    Printer: United States Government Printing Office
    Distributor: United States Office of Price Administration

    Physical Details

    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Paper, mailing poster with 1 vertical and 1 horizontal fold making 4 folded sections. When unfolded, the front has printed white text with a large uppercase title, 4 numbered paragraphs describing price control, and an uppercase end line against a blue background with a red and white border. At the top of the poster is a circular emblem with GROCER – CONSUMER ANTI – INFLATION CAMPAIGN written in white on a red border. Inside is a man and woman’s hand grasping each other with white text above and below. There is small blue informational text along the bottom edge of the poster.
    overall: Height: 24.000 inches (60.96 cm) | Width: 19.000 inches (48.26 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1988 by David and Zelda Silberman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2022-07-28 18:29:29
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