The Saturday Evening Post March 13, 1943.
In his January 1941 address to Congress, Franklin Delano Roosevelt articulated his vision for a postwar world founded on four basic human freedoms-freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want and freedom from fear. In 1942, Norman Rockwell was working on a piece commissioned by the Ordnance Department of the U. S. Army a painting of a machine gunner in need of ammunition. Posters of the gunner, titled "Let's give him Enough and On Time," were distributed to ordnance plants throughout the country to encourage production. But Rockwell wanted to do more for the war effort and decided he would illustrate Roosevelt's four freedoms.
The New-York Historical Society exhibition, Rockwell, Roosevelt, & the Four Freedoms is the inspiration for the NYHistory Store's merchandise. The traveling exhibition, which was organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, explores how Rockwell’s 1943 paintings—Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom from Want—gave visual voice to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s call to the defense of freedom worldwide and took their place among the most enduring images in the history of American art. On view through September 2, 2018.