World War II Poster, "Free a Man to Fight," 1943

Summary

During World War II, thousands of railroad workers joined the service while American railroads -- vital to the movement of military personnel and equipment -- were busier than ever. Women stepped in to perform jobs of every description, from managing accounts in the sales office to maintaining locomotives in the roundhouse. This poster encouraged women to join the New York Central's workforce.

During World War II, thousands of railroad workers joined the service while American railroads -- vital to the movement of military personnel and equipment -- were busier than ever. Women stepped in to perform jobs of every description, from managing accounts in the sales office to maintaining locomotives in the roundhouse. This poster encouraged women to join the New York Central's workforce.

Artifact

Poster

Date Made

1943

Subject Date

1943

Creators

Ragan, Leslie Darrell, 1897-1972 

Brett Lithographing Co. 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, New York 

Creator Notes

Original artwork by Leslie Ragan. Printed by Brett Lithographing Company, New York, New York.

Collection Title

Poster Collection 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

2013.49.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Cardboard

Technique

Photolithography
Offset printing

Color

Multicolored

Dimensions

Height: 27.938 in

Width: 19.875 in

Inscriptions

Text on front reads: FREE A MAN TO FIGHT / OFFICES- STATIONS- TRAINS- SHOPS / NEW YORK CENTRAL SYSTEM Text under image in lower right corner: LITHO. IN U.S.A. BRETT LITHOGRAPHING COMPANY

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