"Even a little can help a lot NOW" World War II Advertising Poster


Genre: World War II
Artist: Alfred Charles Parker
Year Printed: 1942
Size: 14 x 20
Country of Poster: Unknown
Restoration Detail: Unrestored
Grade: Very Fine
Additional Information: Original: WWII poster: "Even a little can help a lot - NOW" Buy U. S. War Stamps Bonds. Illustration courtesy of Ladies' Home Journal. Linen backed. U. S. Government Printing Office: 1942-O-455803 Form DSS-405. Beautiful and idealized mother and daughter dutifully using war stamps, as this poster encourages with art by A. Parker. Top text reads, "Even a little can help a lot--Now" and across the bottom, "Buy U.S. War Stamps & Bonds"-only the ampersand is replaced with the patriotic Minute Man icon. Small print below reads, "U.S. Government Printing Office: 1942-0-455803 Form DSS 405" and on the right hand side, "Illustration Courtesy of Ladies' Home Journal". Folded by the USGPO for mailing. Gentle reminder of a time when Americans all pitched in for a great cause. While father is away fighting in battle, mother and daughter do their share in the war effort by purchasing U.S. War Stamp Bonds in this 1942 poster entitled, Even A Little Can Help A Lot Now, by Alfred Parker. The artwork was sponsored by Ladies? Home Journal, a leading magazine at the time. The United States Treasury Department began to issue a series of war savings stamps in late 1942. These war savings stamps earned no interest, but were collected in a booklet to redeem a Series E War Bond. The artwork specifically depicts War Stamps to benefit the Mennonite Central Committee, which offered red Civilian Public Service stamps and blue War Sufferers' Relief stamps worth ten cents each. These stamps were issued as an alternative to Mennonites that could not support the Red Cross. Similar War Stamp programs were created for other religious sects to help in the war effort. Al Parker (1906-1985) was an American artist and illustrator known for his diversity of technique and content. He created over 50 covers for the Ladies? Home Journal, as well as many illustrations for the major magazines of the time. Later on he was known for producing a series of Grand Prix auto racing paintings for Sports Illustrated. He 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 is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. A founder of the modern glamour aesthetic, Alfred Charles Parker (1906-1985) defined the progressive look and feel of published imagery at a time of sweeping change, when Americans, emerging from the trials of economic depression and war, Restored original fold mark, linen backed, very good to excellent condition; ready to frame today!

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