Give Them the Old 1-2: 1 - Load 2 - Unload All Cars Promptly. Fred Cooper.
Give Them the Old 1-2: 1 - Load 2 - Unload All Cars Promptly

Railroad Poster from 1930s Cartoonist

Give Them the Old 1-2: 1 - Load 2 - Unload All Cars Promptly

Notes: A poster to encourage the quick unloading of freight trains by railroad employees. The text on the back (verso) says, "It is designed for posting in freight yards, on shipping platforms, and around all other points of freight car loading and unloading operations."

The poster, produced for the U.S. Office of Defense Transportation, is illustrated with a freight car with boxing gloves punching caricatures of Adolf Hitler and Hideki Tojo along with the exhortation: "Your government says 'Every hour saved in freight-car turnaround time means more cars available for the victory march to Berlin and Tokio.'"

The artist, Fred G. Cooper, designed logos, posters, and did spot cartoons for magazines, particularly the original Life magazine. He is the subject of a monograph by Leslie Carbarga, The Lettering and Design of F. G. Cooper. This poster is uncommon.

20-1/4 by 28 inches. Poster O-608225.

Edition + Condition: A near fine example with minor wear. Folded as issued. SHIPS FOLDED. This is an original World War II poster, not a reproduction.

Publication: [Washington, DC]: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1944.

Item No: #308110

Price: $400