Victory 1942: A Calendar and Sixteen Prints for Democracy. Pressing Issues.

Victory 1942: A Calendar and Sixteen Prints for Democracy.

NY: United American Artists, (1941). Kent, Rockwell, et al. Small quarto. (17)ff. Cover design by Rockwell Kent, showing a warrior-like personification of democracy, armed with a sword and the American flag and protecting a cluster of vulnerable people. Following are fifteen sheets marking each month and the notable labor-related holidays of May Day and Labor Day, as well as Independence Day. Each bears an illustration from a different artist. Some, like those by Leboit for March and Gilbert Wilson for December, offer a sincere belief in the power of the labor movement to break fascist strongholds. A few, like that by Elizabeth Olds for April, are more satirical, venturing toward the genre of political cartoons. Other artists represented include Sylvia Wald, Hugo Gellert, Jay Landau, George Breslow, Art Young, and Harry Gottlieb. Brief exhortatory text by Nancy Cardozo accompanies each image. Together with a 1941 program for a United American Artists event honoring Kent, with cover illustration by him and quotations of praise from contemporaries like Donald Brace and Paul Robeson. Also with a TLS from May 30, 1941, signed by Kent to Meyer Rohowsky, referencing the aforementioned event. The calendar retains its red hanging thread. Faint toning to the cover sheet and some edgewear, else near fine. Both program and TLS fine. Item #30397

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