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

"Freedom from Fear" WWII OWI #46 Home Front Poster (Medium Format) 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. (Note that with linen backing, posters can become stretched and so may not conform to these sizes exactly).

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*: 28.5" x 40.5"
Condition: Very Good

Rolled. Linen backed and restored. Professional restoration addressed the following: The poster had tiny paper loss at the crossfolds and some tiny creases and scuffs on parts of some folds. It had paper loss near the top of the left blank border, with a few tiny areas of paper loss scattered in the rest of the left blank border. It had a few faint smudges and stains around the edges.

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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-511887
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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