Straight Through Mather Poster

Mather Poster, 1929
44 x 36 in (112 x 91 cm)
ID #LBT-L-20

"Doing it right does it better -- makes it easier -- finishes it quicker. The wrong way is the hardest." 

This soaring bird against a peachy pink background is reminiscent of Henry Lee Jr's other Mather posters. 

The 1920’s brought in great wealth for America, propaganda posters from World War I and the start of “welfare capitalism.” It was the perfect environment for Mather and Company work ethic posters to gain popularity. Employers who wished to improve the efficiency of their office, and divert worker attention away from unions, could purchase a subscription of these posters. They made use of catchy slogans, puns, and metaphors, as well as the Art Deco-style designs of well-known American artists. Though the Mather campaigns ended in 1930 due to the 1929 stock market crash, a truly American ideal had been preserved in nearly 350 different posters -- that of the importance of capitalism, individualism, and efficacy.

Artist: Henry Lee Jr. 

Condition: Excellent

LBT-#20

1000-2500 1001-2000 1400 1920 1929 20s 44 x 36 American animals art deco bird birds black blue Chicago crow flying ethic flight flying Henry Lee Jr. Mather and Company Mather Co. of Chicago medium orange Original 1929 pink sparrow Straight Through twenties United Sates United States US US vintage posters wild life work animals work incentive yellow

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