Day 25 — National Blog Posting Month:
Freedom from Want or The Thanksgiving Picture is one of Four Freedoms paintings by Norman Rockwell that were inspired by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the State of the Union Address, known as Four Freedoms, he delivered to the 77th United States Congress on January 6, 1941. The other paintings in this series were Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Fear, and Freedom of Worship.
Freedom from Want was published in the March 6, 1943, issue of The Saturday Evening Post with a matching essay by Carlos Bulosan as part of the Four Freedoms series.
Later they were the highlight of a touring exhibition sponsored by the Saturday Evening Post and the United States Department of the Treasury. The touring exhibition and accompanying sales drives raised over $132 billion in the sale of war bonds.
NOTE: This image’s iconic status has led to parody and satire. See Freedom from Rockwell at FLIPPANTLY FLORIDA for an example by Max Groenig’s animated sitcom, “The Simpsons.”