NOT a reprint...this is the original U.S. Office of Price Administration 1944 poster that was intended to bolster the morale and confidence of war-weary Americans.
The poster compares cost of living during WW I and WW II...from 64.6% to 25.9%. According to the poster's copy...'The rise in the wartime cost of living today is less than half the World War 1 increase...only the patriotic cooperation of the public and businessmen with the government's price control program made this record possible. Let's keep up the good work by keeping the Home Front Pledge..."I pay no more than ceiling prices...I pay my ration points in full".
The message is illustrated by drawings of women shoppers with their baskets of food products. The art was done by "one of America's best known poster artists... F.G. Cooper".
The poster measures 14 by 19 inches (49 x 36 cm). The U.S. government would send these posters out prefolded and they were intended to hang in public places and businesses. These were printed in limited quantities and are rare to find.
This poster is in excellent vintage condition with the original fold marks. There are NO pinholes. One small piece of tape at back edge. It's clean...no foxing...just normal age toning. This 1944 post is very worthy of framing. Maybe the kitchen is a good place to display it...or wherever you figure out your food cost bills.
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Orig. USA 1944 Cost of Living 1918 - 1944 WWII Poster by F.G. Cooper