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"Freedom from Fear" WWII OWI #46 Home Front Poster (Small Format Version) by Norman Rockwell (1943)

"Freedom from Fear" WWII OWI #46 Home Front Poster (Small Format Version) by Norman Rockwell (1943)

OWI No. 46. Part of a series that Norman Rockwell created for the Office of War Information, featuring the four freedoms that Americans were fighting to preserve during WWII. Features a Norman Rockwell painting of parents tucking their son into bed while the father holds newspaper with frightening headlines, originally printed in the Saturday Evening Post.

Note that this series of posters, commonly referred to as "The Four Freedoms", were printed in three sizes: 20" x 28", 28" x 40", and 40" x 56", and each was printed and distributed by the Office of War Information in 1943.

In 1941, FDR declared four freedoms for all humans: Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Fear, Freedom of Worship, and Freedom from Want. Inspired by this speech, Norman Rockwell struggled to illustrate these concepts until he attended a town hall meeting and realized that everyday middle American life would make it relatable. His paintings of the four freedoms were published in The Saturday Evening Post in 1943, and were a huge success. A national tour of the paintings, sponsored by the Post and U.S. Treasury, helped sell 133 million dollars in war bonds (every purchase received a set of posters), making the posters a part of American iconography.

Size*: 20" x 28"
Condition: Good to Very Good

Rolled. Linen backed. Prior to linen backing the poster had tiny paper loss at the cross folds and slight fine surface paper loss on the folds. It had two paper clip stains in the top border, one of which entered the top of the "U" of "OURS”, one other paper clip stain on bottom near the “R” in “FREEDOM”. This was linen backed in the European style, which includes no restoration of the above defects.

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Poster Text: fight for - Freedom From Fear - Painting from the Saturday Evening Post - OWI Poster No. 46. Additional copies may be obtained upon request from the Division of Public Inquiries, Office of War Information, Washington, D.C. - U.S. Government Printing Office 1943-O-511886
Tags: WWII   Home Front   OWI  
Produced by:  Office of War Information (OWI)  
Artist/Designer(s): Norman Rockwell  
* Sizes are approximate and given in good faith. Sizes are also given for the area of the item itself. Linen backing posters may slightly stretch the poster size, in addition posters often have a larger linen border that extends beyond the poster area. Measurements are for poster alone. Please contact us if you have any questions or you need to confirm exact size.
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