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Exhibition Art in Action: Herblock and Fellow Artists Respond to Their Times

Herblock (1909–2001). Reminder, 1942. Graphite, India ink, and opaque white, with paste-on over graphite underdrawing. Published by the Newspaper Enterprise Association Service, October 6, 1942. Herbert L. Block Collection, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress. © Herb Block Foundation (026.01.00)

Over There

A self-described “natural-born civilian,” Herblock here declares deep appreciation for those serving in the U.S. armed forces during World War II. The rifle-wielding American soldiers marching into the heat of battle loom over the tiny citizen whose good deeds on the home front, scrap-collecting, and bond promotion, lend a grace note to the scene. Hardly a militarist, Herblock nonetheless opposed the isolationist stance of the U.S. before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and supported aid to England and allies faced with Nazi aggression.