The Speaking Image

War bond 1918 poster by J.C. Leyendecker

War bond poster, 1918. J.C. Leyendecker


The Speaking Image highlights commercial art from the Museum’s permanent collection. Commercial artwork is typically commissioned and meant for mass printing and consumption, with the goal of illustrating or enhancing a message or story. High frequency and volume of production meant that these images captured the events and culture shifts as they occurred leaving a lasting commentary of their place in history.