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    Norman Rockwell Propaganda Poster (U.S. Govt. Printing, 1942). Industry Poster (28" X 40"). War. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, the U.S. was ill unprepared for war, and weapons shortages created a crisis when the war began. Rockwell illustrated the problem in this poster designed for display in munitions factories in which he pictures a tattered GI firing an M1917A1, a water-cooled weapon that fired hundreds of rounds per minute and demanded immediate resupply. Completely focusing on the battle, the Soldier doesn't realize his ammo is dwindling, although the viewer sees the empty cartridge belt and the evaporating water supply. The black background behind the GI heightens the mood of isolation. The poster was issued soon after Bataan and Corregidor fell to the Japanese in the spring of 1942 and reflects the desperation of those years when the United States was losing the war in the Pacific. It specifically appeals for greater production of war material as a way to victory.
    This poster was commissioned in 1942 by the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps to inspire massive increases in production. Because this artwork was not a magazine cover, it is exceedingly rare. It is Mr. Rockwell's only painting to show a Soldier in the actual heat of battle-his other works depicting Soldiers featured them in homefront or light-hearted situations. There are only minor fold separations and minor crinkling in the upper right fold line. The color is as fresh as when printed. Very Fine+.

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