Mistakes Cost Money Poster
Mather and Company, 1923
26 x 40 in (66 x 102 cm)
Vintage poster with a sobering message: make no mistake twice. Illustrated on the poster is quite the melodramatic scene: a teary-eyed man sits outside his destroyed house with his family. He must have made quite the mistake.
"You can learn much from your mistakes ~ If you don't learn then someone must call a "HALT" ~ Mistakes are cheap the first time and very expensive after that. Never make the same mistake Twice!"
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.
Poster is linen-backed on canvas