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Invest in Invasion/Buy War Bonds

Object | Accession Number: 2015.609.10

Offset lithographic war bond advertisement poster by Harold Lehman with an image of a paratrooper about to jump from a plane. The poster was published as a contribution to the Treasury’s Schools-At-War program. Through a partnership with Associated American Artists and the United States Treasury Department, Abbott Laboratories created a program to create advertisements and illustrations for its medical journal What’s New and for the United States Government’s War Department. Reeves Lewenthal, head of the Associated American Artists, contacted Lehman and gave him free reign to design a paratrooper themed poster how he saw fit. An award winning painter, muralist and sculptor, Harold Lehman was known for making political statements with his artwork. He was born and raised in New York City, but moved to Los Angeles as a teenager, attending the Otis Art Institute. While in L.A. he worked with Phil Guston, Jackson Pollock, D.A. Siqueiros, and Manuel Tolegain. In 1941, Harold moved back to New York and continued his career, working with the Public Works of Art Project (PWAP) and the Federal Art Project, both New Deal programs to employ artists. He also worked with the Treasury department and Abbott Laboratories to create other War Bond advertisements, pro-American propaganda, and anti-fascist pieces.

creation:  1943
distribution: United States
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Lehman Trager
Record last modified: 2021-02-10 08:57:39
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