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Poster, A Better Home, 1941

This is a Poster. It was designed by Lester Beall and made for (as the client) Rural Electrification Administration. It is dated 1941 and we acquired it in 1995. Its medium is offset lithograph and screenprint on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled Electrification for a Better Biscuit.

It is credited Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Edward C. Post and from Friends of Drawings and Prints, General Acquisition Endowment, Sarah Cooper Hewitt, and Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program Funds.

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Its dimensions are

101.8 × 76.2 cm (40 1/16 × 30 in.)

It is inscribed

Printed in black on red band, lower margin: RURAL ELECTRIFICATION ADMINISTRATION / U.S. Department of Agriculture

Cite this object as

Poster, A Better Home, 1941; Designed by Lester Beall (American, 1903–1969); USA; offset lithograph and screenprint on paper; 101.8 × 76.2 cm (40 1/16 × 30 in.); Museum purchase through gift of Mrs. Edward C. Post and from Friends of Drawings and Prints, General Acquisition Endowment, Sarah Cooper Hewitt, and Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program Funds; 1995-106-2

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Energizing the Everyday: Gifts From the George R. Kravis II Collection.

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