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US poster depicting the Statue of Liberty and flags of Allied Nations

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.43

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Poster depicting the Statue of Liberty and the flags of 30 of the first 31 (Iraq’s flag is not pictured) countries who had declared war on the Axis Powers, and signed the Declaration by the United Nations (an alternate term to describe the Allied Powers). The Declaration pledged the signatories to employ their full resources to the war effort, and prevented them from making a separate peace. The poster was designed by Steve Broder, a Canadian artist working in the United States. The need to manage information about the war on the home front led to the establishment of the OWI in June 1942. This office controlled the design and distribution of war information to the American public in print, radio, and film media. The OWI commissioned work from leading artists to create posters to inspire and instill confidence and patriotism in the American public. The OWI also ran information campaigns for civilian agencies, War Bond drives, and campaigns to ramp up economic production for the war effort. New posters were distributed every two weeks, with the stated goal of placing posters in every city and town in the United States.
    Artwork Title
    The United Nations Fight For Freedom
    Date
    publication/distribution:  1942
    Geography
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
    Markings
    front, top, white ink : THE UNITED NATIONS FIGHT FOR FREEDOM
    front, bottom center, black ink : OWI Poster No. 19. Additional copies may be obtained upon request from the Division of Public Inquiries, Office of War Information, Washington, D.C.
    front, bottom right corner, black ink : ✩ U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1942 – O - 498304
    Signature
    front, bottom, printed, white: BRODER
    Contributor
    Artist: Steve Broder
    Printer: United States Government Printing Office
    Distributor: United States Office of War Information
    Subject: Steve Broder
    Biography
    The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was created on June 13, 1942, to centralize and control the content and production of government information and propaganda about the war. It coordinated the release of war news for domestic use, and using posters along with radio broadcasts, worked to promote patriotism, warn about foreign spies, and recruit women into war work. The office also established an overseas branch, which launched a large-scale information and propaganda campaign abroad. The government appealed to the public through popular culture and more than a quarter of a billion dollars' worth of advertising was donated during the first three years of the National Defense Savings Program. Victory in Europe was declared on May 8, 1945, and in Japan on September 2, 1945. The OWI ceased operation in September.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Posters
    Category
    War propaganda
    Genre/Form
    War posters.
    Physical Description
    Large, rectangular poster printed on off-white paper, featuring an image of the etched head and raised, torch-bearing arm of the Statue of Liberty. To the right are nine rows of 30 national flags with each nation’s name under their respective flag. The first row features the four main Allied nations: the United States, Great Britain, Soviet Russia, and China. The remaining rows feature the nations of Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, The Philippines, Poland, South Africa, and Yugoslavia. The background of the poster is black and at the top is a line of white text. A line of small, black text is printed along the bottom center and right margin. It was folded into quarters for mailing convenience. See record 1988.42.43 for another copy of this poster.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 27.875 inches (70.803 cm) | Width: 22.000 inches (55.88 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    United States.
    Personal Name
    Broder, S.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    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.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-28 07:50:47
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