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Rats Carry Off the Dollars. Artist: Anonymous 1924.

Rats Carry Off the Dollars. Artist: Anonymous 1924.

Item Description:

Artist: MATHER WORK INCENTIVE POSTERS
Size: 36 3/8 x 48 in./92.4 x 122 cm
Condition: Cond A-/Slight tears.
Printer: Mather, Chicago
Reference:

Rats Carry Off the Dollars.
Artist: Anonymous 1924..

A byproduct of the industrial system has been the use of the poster to urge workers to extend themselves to the fullest for the good of the company. Although still published today, none have had the graphic appeal of the ambitious undertaking published by the Chicago firm of Mather & Co., titled "Constructive Organization Posters." One notion about these posters that must be immediately dispelled: they were not government sponsored; they are a call for the best of free enterprise by a very free-enterprising publisher and printer. Whereas Cappiello utilized vermin to demonstrate the the durability of a pneumatic product he was called upon to promote (see PAI-XXV, 217) in a manner that generates a bit of humorous sympathy for the animals in question, this anonymous creation proffers its commanding visual metaphor by displaying a pack of scavenging rats as the scourge that they are. The message is clear: waste is the plague of business. A powerful image masterfully conveyed. This extremely rare poster is a part of the first Mather series, created in 1924.

About The Artist:

MATHER WORK INCENTIVE POSTERS


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