Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Life February 1, 1943


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What were you doing in 1943? Down here in the supply room we have found a stack of ads for pens and pencils from the 1940s to the 1960s. Here is the first one. As she states in the ad," Metal and Rubber are so terribly scarce" That was because of WW2. Most of these ads are from the 40s and all of them seem to show or talk about the military as materials and supplies were in short supply. I will be posting one or two a week. Add them all to your collection.

1 comment:

  1. Besides telling us about some of the difficulties brought by WW2 this ad is also relevant because the author of the painting is Norman Rockwell (1894/1978), the legendary American painter and illustrator. He was, and still is very popular in the US due to the 322 magazine covers he created for the Saturday Evening Post for more than four decades. He also did most, if not all, the Parker ads during that period of time. His style is unique and his work is brilliant. I strongly recommend everybody to take a look at his paintings, there's plenty to see on the web. The Norman Rockwell Museum is located in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, were Rockwell lived the last 25 years of his life. A great place to visit if you can.