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Our Good Earth...Keep It Ours
  • John Steuart Curry
    1897–1946
    born: Dunavant, Kansas, United States ; died: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
  • Our Good Earth...Keep It Ours, 1942
  • Where object was made: United States
  • photomechanical print mounted on linen
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 61.91 x 130.18 cm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 24 3/8 x 51 1/4 in
    Frame Dimensions: 63 7/8 x 43 7/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Lent by KSU, Beach Museum of Art, acquisition made possible with funds provided by the Friends of the Art Museum, 1996.88
  • Not on display
  • EL2006.002
  • Loan: Not in the Spencer's collection
Label Text
Exhibitions

Exhibition Label:
"John Steuart Curry: Agrarian Allegories," Aug-2006, Kate Meyer
As propaganda for the Department of the Treasury during the Second World War, Curry’s Our Good Earth poster emphasized the role of the farmer in the preservation of American prosperity through agriculture. The threat implicit in the continued title - …Keep It Ours - suggests the act of buying war bonds would aid not only U.S. troops, but presumably help protect American soil and even an American way of life.