New York: National Child Welfare Association, 1923. First edition of these posters “showing the children of ten nations at work or play, dressed in native costumes and surrounded by characteristic scenery…and our own happy American boys and girls welcoming them all,” (Journal of the American Association of University Women, 1924, p. 27). Each poster with a half-page color illustration of a child characteristic of their country (e.g. Germany, Italy, Russia, China, Japan). Illustrations by Fanny L. Warren. Verse on posters by Mary S. Haviland and verse on portfolio by Ethel Blair Jordan. Portfolio split at spine, and with toning. Light toning to posters. Overall a very good example of this poster set, scarce in the original portfolio. Original color-printed buff card stock portfolio enclosing ten leaves (also buff card stock) printed with color illustrations. 10 posters (10” x 13”). A full set. Item #16997
The National Child Welfare Association published the present posters in conjunction with the National Council for the Prevention of War. The posters were tools to teach children racial and ethnic acceptance as immigrant populations grew in the United States. The Ethel Blair Jordan verse espouses the importance of the younger generation in ending war: “In hears too young for enmity there lies the way to make men free; when children’s friendships are world-wide, new ages will be glorified. Let child love child, and strife will cease. Disarm the hearts, for that is Peace.” Mary S. Haviland and Fanny L. Warren frequently collaborated on materials for the National Child Welfare Association, including two poster sets encouraging healthy eating for children. Haviland also wrote manuals on health and childhood development like Modern Physiology, Hygiene and Health (1921) and A Study of Babyhood (1927). Warren’s other work included illustrations for Little Neighbors of Many Lands (1926), a book of paper dolls themed around racial and ethnic acceptance. We could not find any information on Ethel Blair Jordan.
OCLC records eight sets of these posters.