This is an original WWII poster by Allen Saalburg, published in 1942. The poster features a tattered American flag at half-mast, with billowing smoke, flames, and a partially obscured blue sky behind it. At top and bottom of the poster is red and white text which reads: "…we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain…Remember Dec. 7th!" A moving piece of propaganda, this poster invokes the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor of December 7, 1941.
The December 7th attack on the naval base of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killed over 2,000 soldiers and destroyed approximately 200 planes and nearly 20 ships. The United States entered the war the next day, December 8, and the attack became a rallying cry for the war effort.
In effort to control the spread of information about the war to the American public, President Roosevelt established the Office of War Information in June 1942. The OWI commissioned work from leading artists to create print, radio, and film media to inspire and instill confidence and patriotism in the American public. The OWI also ran informational campaigns for civilian agencies, War Bond drives, and campaigns to increase 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.
This is an official Office of War Information poster, No. 14 in the series, published by the US Government Printing Office. The US Government Printing Office publication code "1942-O-491977" is printed at bottom center.
In fine condition, with original color. The poster's paper is healthy, with intersecting folds as issued. The poster measures 40"H x 28" W.
The poster has been archivally and artfully framed in a custom-built black and gold frame. Framed Dimensions: 41 5/8" H x 29 5/8" W x 1 7/8" D.