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Children's Crusade for Children advertisement poster

Object | Accession Number: 2017.595.1

Poster designed by Norman Rockwell advertising for the Children’s Crusade for Children penny sharing relief drive to provide assistance for the war stricken children of Europe. The program was organized during the winter of 1939-1940 under the leadership of Marion G. Canby and Dorothy Canfield Fisher. The program was supported by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and special tin collection cans were decorated with the design featured on this poster and distributed to schools around the country. The children were instructed to give as many pennies as they were years old. The principal or a delegated student would then retrieve the money from the can and mail it to a collection center in Kansas or Vermont depending on the school’s location. The crusade had two purposes: to make American children aware of the blessings of living in a democratic country, and to give these children an opportunity to express their sympathy for the plight of war-stricken children in other lands. The nationwide collection ran from April 23 to April 30, 1940.

Artwork Title
Children's Crusade for Children
Event:  1940 April 22-1940 April 30
distribution: United States
manufacture: New York
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Lucinda Pollack
Record last modified: 2022-05-24 07:14:28
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