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James Montgomery Flagg and Franklin D. Roosevelt

Artist
Unidentified Artist
Sitter
James Montgomery Flagg, 18 Jun 1877 - 27 May 1960
Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 30 Jan 1882 - 12 Apr 1945
Date
January 28, 1939
Type
Photograph
Medium
Gelatin silver print
Dimensions
Image: 21.5 × 17 cm (8 7/16 × 6 11/16")
Sheet: 23 × 18.1 cm (9 1/16 × 7 1/8")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; acquired through the generosity of David C. Ward
Object number
NPG.2016.21
Exhibition Label
The poster in this photograph depicting an ebullient Franklin Roosevelt (1882–1945) was created by the well-known artist and illustrator James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960) for display at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. “Infantile paralysis” is the older name for polio, which Roosevelt had contracted in 1921. He underwent extensive physical therapy and was convinced that a cure could be found that would allow him to walk again. Roosevelt’s arduous recovery from the disease was a life-changing event. Confronting his own mortality and adapting to his loss of mobility steeled the future president, making him more determined and driven to succeed. In 1938 Roosevelt helped launch the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later known as the March of Dimes, for which Flagg created this poster.
El cartel aquí fotografiado muestra a un entusiasta Franklin Roosevelt (1882–1945) y lo diseñó el conocido pintor e ilustrador James Montgomery Flagg (1877–1960) para ser expuesto en la Feria Mundial de New York en 1939. “Parálisis infantil” se llamaba antiguamente a la poliomielitis, enfermedad que atacó a Roosevelt en 1921. Este se sometió a extensas terapias físicas y estaba convencido de que se hallaría una cura que le permitiría volver a caminar. Su arduo proceso de recuperación cambió su vida. Tomar conciencia de la fragilidad de la vida y adaptarse a su pérdida de movilidad fueron retos que endurecieron al futuro presidente y reforzaron su decisión de triunfar. En 1938 Roosevelt colaboró en la creación de la Fundación Nacional Contra la Parálisis Infantil, conocida más tarde como March of Dimes, para la cual Flagg hizo este cartel.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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Place
United States\District of Columbia