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Adrift- but not lost. [Anti-CIO poster, with caricature of John L. Lewis]

Adrift- but not lost. [Anti-CIO poster, with caricature of John L. Lewis]
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n.pub., n.p.. [1941-?], 11.75x18 inch poster, lower left corner chipped, evenly toned; short closed edge tears, slight fading across the bottom edge. "CIO-Pappy" Lewis is depicted with a gleaming diamond ring in a boat marked with a swastika, offering rescue to a man in the water if he kicks in money first. Sign on the boat promises a "One-way trip to Devil's Island, $50" implying that CIO membership would be forced servitude. Issued by a competing union or by management, the poster accuses the CIO of operating a pay-to-work scam and fleecing its membership. Urges the reader to vote against CIO membership in an upcoming union election. The specific election is left unstated; this may signify intention to use the design in more than one campaign. The swastika on the boat may refer to Lewis' support for the Molotov-Ribbentropp Pact. Text refers to the Atlantic Charter's Four Freedoms, dating it to after August 1941; Lewis also withdrew from the CIO in this year, so the poster was most likely produced in late 1941.

Cat.No: 190519

Price: $75.00

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