In this 1942 poster entitled “Even a Little Can Help a Lot - NOW,” a mother and daughter help the war effort by purchasing and collecting U.S. War Stamp Bonds. The poster was designed by Alfred Parker, with artwork sponsored by Ladies’ Home Journal, a leading magazine at the time. The scene depicts a mother and daughter in matching outfits, adding stamps to their Bond booklets. A father’s military cap rests beside them as a nod to unified acts of service.
In 1942, the United States Treasury Department issued a series of war savings stamps. These war savings stamps were collected in a booklet, as depicted in the poster. The stamps earned no interest, and were used to redeem a Series E War Bond.This poster specifically depicts red Civilian Public Service stamps and blue War Sufferers' Relief stamps, worth ten cents each.
Al Parker (1906–1985) was an American artist and illustrator. He created over 50 covers for the Ladies’ Home Journal, as well as many illustrations for the major magazines of the time. During WWII, he created the artwork for several war bond posters. He was later known for producing a series of highly collectable Grand Prix auto racing paintings for Sports Illustrated. Parker was elected to the Society of Illustrators' Hall of Fame in 1965. A stamp commemorating his art was issued by the United States Postal Service in 2001 as part of the American Illustrators Issue series.
This poster, an original color lithograph printed in 1942, is in very good condition. The printing publication line is visible at bottom left: “U. S. Government Printing Office: 1942-0-455803 Form DSS-405.” Poster is signed by “A. Parker" in lithographic stone. Paper has one fold line at center. Poster is presented in a custom-built black frame.
Framed Dimensions - 24" H x 18" W x 1" D
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