It May Be Right Mather Poster

Mather Poster, 1929
43 x 36 in (109 x 91 cm)
ID #LBT-L-07
"It may be right -- It may be wrong. Be sure you know before you decide."

This linen-backed poster is a remnant of a different time. Using the analogy of an anthropologist exploring new land, the poster leaves a forboding feeling.

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: Hal DePuy

Condition: Good, some tatters on the borders.

LBT-#07

1000-2500 flappers great depression mather original posters retro roaring twenties size-43x36 vintage

More from $1,000 to $2,500


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