Hasten the homecoming. Buy Victory Bonds

Place North & Central America: United States of America
Accession Number ARTV00715
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 73.3 x 50.6 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description photolithograph on paper
Maker Rockwell, Norman Perceval
US Government
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


American Second World War poster depicting a family, dog and neighbours welcoming home a soldier to a tenemnt building. The poster encouraged the purchase of Victory bonds to 'hasten the homecoming'. This poster reproduces the painting on the cover of the Saturday Evening Post of 26 May 1945. Norman Rockwell (1894-1978) was born in New York City and talented at a young age, he received his first commission at age 17. In 1916, he created the first of 321 covers for 'The Saturday Evening Post'. Rockwell's Americana images were loved by the public, but not embraced by critics. He created Second World War posters and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977. His success as an artist stemmed from his careful appreciation for everyday American scenes, the warmth of small-town life in particular. Often what he depicted was treated with a certain simple charm and sense of humor.