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Posted 5 years ago


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These are pretty bizarre. One of my pickers found them in the trash today. That first one is creepy, but it really epitomizes the time so well - an image of ourselves which has never gone away despite the whole world moving on... i wonder if there is any value to these, despite the condition of some of them. there's a few more as well. are they very common?

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    The Uncle Sam poster is your most desirable and most valuable.

    These patriotic posters were displayed every where during WW2 to focus effort and remind folks that their work in the factory could impact the War outcome.

    They are eagerly collected today. The efficiency/ safety posters (without axis motif) are much less desirable but still have value. The "See in the future" is probably the best of those three.

  2. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    thanks scotvez. i was looking for comps online, and couldn't find a single one of them. i figured the uncle sam one was best, which is great because there are two of them. there's also a very mundane mother's day one. thanks for the education!
  3. scottvez scottvez, 5 years ago
    It is not one that I have seen before.

    I believe that most of this type were comissioned by the individual factories/ businesses, so you probably won't find a sale for the exact one. Similar posters will give you a ballpark figure for values.

  4. stefdesign stefdesign, 5 years ago
    These are awesome, looks like they were all done by the same illustrator. Wonder where that trash was?
  5. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 5 years ago
    it all belonged to an elderly framer. he worked on some beautiful, museum quality picture frames. I think one of his ancestors was a locksmith because he also had loads and loads of skeleton keys - which i'm sorting through. check my other posts for more things from his place. i just found some more amazing things and some rare/first edition books too.

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