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Striking American World War II Poster:
UNITED we are strong / UNITED we will win
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This bold and colorful poster pictures Allied unity through more than a dozen cannon exploding skyward, each wrapped with the flag of an allied nation: Brazil, Belgium, Norway, the United Kingdom, Mexico, the United States, China, the Soviet Union, Australia, and Czechoslovakia.

[WORLD WAR II]. HENRY KOERNER. Poster. “UNITED we are strong / UNITED we will win.” No. 64. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office for Office of War Information, 1943. 1 p., 20 x 28 in.

Inventory #24015       Price: $550

Historic Background

Most Americans understood the need to fight a defensive war, but even after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, as many as a third favored peace with Germany. From 1942 to 1945, the U.S. Office of War Information (OWI) produced radio broadcasts, newspapers, posters, photographs, and films to convince Americans of the need to destroy fascism and then to cooperate with other nations after the war, in contrast to America’s withdrawal after World War I.

Henry Koerner (1916-1991) was born in Vienna, Austria, to non-observant Jewish parents. He moved to the United States in 1938, and began a career as a commercial artist in Brooklyn. During World War II, he designed posters for the Office of War Information and the Office of Strategic Services. His poster “Someone Talked” won an award from the Museum of Modern Art. While sketching the Nuremburg trials, he learned that his parents and brother had died in a concentration camp. In the late 1940s, Koerner painted his first major works in Magical Realist style. His portraits of Maria Callas, John F. Kennedy, and other celebrities of the 1950s and 1960s appeared on Time magazine covers.

Condition

Linen backed, rolled, unfolded. Very fine.


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