Poster: "America Calling - Take your place in Civilian Defense" Herbert MATTER, artist.

Poster: "America Calling - Take your place in Civilian Defense"

[Washington DC]: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1941. Stunning patriotic poster, issued by the Office of Emergency Management's Division of Information and designed by Herbert Matter. "At first glance it is a superb aviation poster, or a poster more patriotic than its text. The angry sweeping bird was posed by a great American eagle at the National Zoological Park, Washington, DC and photographed by Arthur Fisher. At the time of Pearl Harbor, the state of the nation's civilian defense was barely adequate. By the end of January 1942, there were 5,601,892 Americans enrolled in civil defense programs including 334,666 auxiliary police, 670,673 air raid wardens and 265,580 medical personnel. 8,478 defense councils had also been organized" (https://www.nh.gov/nhsl/ww2/ww52.html). Rare; OCLC locates 2 copies (LOC, Illinois State Library). Original photo-illustrated poster, lithographed in four colors on off-white stock, measuring 76.25cm x 102.5cm (30" x 40.25"); signed in plate by the artist at upper right corner. Professionally linen-backed, with old fold lines faintly visible; minor, expert restoration to corners and the intersection of a few folds - Near Fine.

Price: $1,250.00

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