Swarthmore College Peace Collection


Artwork by children (from Art for World Friendship), ca. 194_-1978
Posters by youth and young adults (from the National Circulating Library of Students' Peace Posters), for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939-1940
Artwork by children & youth, 1970s-1980s

Children are often depicted as symbols of innocence, peace, and international friendship. As the representatives of the next generation, children have been viewed as the perfect recipients for new ideas on how to stop war and suffering. They are seen as ideal ambassadors from one culture to another in the cause for international understanding. Many groups have recognized that children are often the most vulnerable to war, brutality, and violence, and have sought to utilize children’s abilities as peacemakers to eradicate these wrongs. But many children all over the world have also acted independently as promoters of peace and outspoken witnesses against war. They have participated in peace marches, pageants, and plays. Children have written to world leaders asking for the cessation of war, for the implementation of disarmament, and for peace in their everyday lives. They have developed newsletters, stories, and books for other children, about their experiences in war, and how peace might be achieved in our time.

This exhibit celebrates still another aspect of children’s efforts for peace: their artwork. The pieces included, out of over 1500, envision a world in which all people live together in harmony and equality, and where war has been abolished. The drawings and paintings, gathered by Art for World Friendship in 1947-1978, are by schoolchildren who wished to share some aspect of their lives with children in other countries. The posters were created by older students for a contest in for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939, sponsored by the National Circulating Library of Students' Peace Posters, and show what they saw as the best response to threats of war and violence. These posters are particularly indicitive of their time period as the youth picked up on the prevalent design elements, happenings (such as the No More War demonstrations in Europe), and peace propaganda that prevailed after World War I. A few items in the exhibit were produced between 1976 and 1987, and some are current pieces; these are included here to show children’s continuing hope for peace and their role in causing it to take root. To read more about the two major initatives that sponsored the creation and showing of the artwork, click here.


An exhibit of art by children and youth belonging to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection was held in McCabe Library of Swarthmore College in the summer of 2008. A concomitant web exhibit was created at the same time. Much of the work of their design, and scanning of all the images, was done by Mellon Library Fellow Daisy Larios. More images were scanned than could be included in either exhibit; for the sake of bringing them to the public they are all included here. Clicking on an image's number will lead to a larger copy of the image to view in detail.

Images were given a number as they were scanned; when referring to an image, please give this number as well as any title that is shown. The original drawings and paintings (plus hundreds more from Art for World Friendship) are stored in the Oversized Collection: Graphics, and may be viewed in person at the Peace Collection. The exception is the images noted as slides below; the originals, created in ca. 1964-1965, were were probably sent overseas by the AFW to be exhibited and were never returned.

Images may not be reproduced without the express permission of the Curator, Wendy Chmielewski (wchmiel1@swarthmore.edu).

 


Art for World Friendship

By 14-year-old Sumiko Omura from Shizuoka. Japan [image #1]
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By 14-year-old Samaka Yamaguchi from Japan [image #2]
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"La ninez de Don Benito Jaurez" by 11-year-old Ernesto Gamboa Munoz from Mexico [image #3]
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By 5-year-old Gerson Firbein from Brazil [image #4]
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By 6-year-old Izumi Mibayashi from Narashina City, Japan [image #5]
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By unknown child [image #6]
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By 9-year-old Tina Brecher from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA [image #7]
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By third grader John Lee from Burlington, Massachusetts, USA [image #8]
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By third grader Diane M. ____ from Burlington, Massachusetts, USA [image #9]
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By third grader Antoine ____ from Burlington, Massachusetts, USA [image #10]
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"People Who Help Us Learn"by 8-year-old Mike Reinert from Naturita, Canada [image #11]
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"Clown With Ball"by Teresa Rousseau from Lansing, Michigan, USA [image #12]
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By 9-year-old Bryan Sakai from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #13]
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By 11-year-old Barbara Ahlgren from Sacramento, California, USA [image #14]
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"American Square-Dancing"by 9-year-old Emily King from Delaware, Ohio, USA [image #15]
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By 9-year-old David Kulda from Burlington, Massachusetts, USA [image #16]
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By fourth grader Kevin Creyts from Fairfax County, Virginia, USA [image no. 17]
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"Rose-Breasted Grosbeak"by Sandy ____ from Alexandria, Virginia, USA [image #18]
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By 10-year-old Patti Bailey from Royal Oak, Michigan, USA [image #19]
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By 17-year-old Vikki Dearmin from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA [image #20]
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By 17-year-old Michael Eugene Tabron from Augusta, Arkansas, USA [image #21]
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By 17-year-old Kuni Nuechterlein from Michigan, USA [image #22]
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By 18-year-old Ronnie Garland from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA [image #23]
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"Jamesetta"by 15-year-old Frankie Murry from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA [image #24]
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By 17-year-old Joan Christman from St. Paul, Minnesota, USA [image #25]
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By 15-year-old George Wilson from Chicago, Illinois, USA [image #26]
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By 12-year old from the Soviet Union(?) [image #27]
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By 12-year-old Vibeke Oleson from Herlev, Denmark [image #28]
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By unknown child from the Soviet Union(?) [image #29]
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By 12-year-old Mikael Bergseije from Kvissleby, Sweden [image #30]
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By 12-year-old Ingrid Olsson from Malmo, Sweden [image #31]
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By 11-year-old Gert Bladin from Hudiksvall, Sweden [image #32]
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By 11-year-old Hans-Olov Andersson from Hudiksvall, Sweden [image #33]
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By 12-year-old Barhel Jentrsch from Essen, Germany [image #34]
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By 14-year-old(?) from the Soviet Union(?) [image #35]
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By unknown child [image #36]
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"Bird"by 12-year-old Sivanamdam K___ from Vellanad, Kerala, India [image #37]
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"A Swimming Pool"by 8-year-old Nobuko Ishiguro from Tokyo, Japan [image #38]
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By 12-year-old Susan Terry from Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia [image #39]
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"Jazz"by Glenn Cannon from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #40]
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By Toni Lee from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #41]
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By high schooler from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #42]
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By high schooler from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #43]
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By junior high schooler Peggi Dearborn from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #44]
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By junior high schooler Bob Mickle from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #45]
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"Aladdin" by unknown child from Denmark [image #94; slide 1]
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"Fisherman" by unknown child from Denmark [image #95; slide 2]
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"Buddhist Procession" by unknown child from Ceylon [image #96; slide 3]
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"Snowman" by unknown child from the Soviet Union [image #97; slide 4]
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"Town Wharf" by unknown child from Yugoslavia [image #98; slide 5]
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"Playground" by unknown child from Korea [image #99; slide 6]
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"Waving to the Queen" by unknown child from the Netherlands [image #100; slide 7]
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"Ghost" by unknown child from Sweden [image #101; slide 8]
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"Brickworks" by unknown child from West Germany [image #102; slide 9]
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"Carnival Dancers" by unknown child from Trinidad [image #103; slide 10]
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"New Year Tree" by unknown child from the Soviet Union [image #104; slide 11]
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"Rain" by unknown child from Ireland [image #105; slide 12]
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"Potter" by unknown child from India [image #106; slide 13]
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"Man Behind Plow" by unknown child from Pakistan [image #107; slide 14]
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"Temple Crowd" by unknown child from Korea [image #108; slide 15]
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"Yellow House" by unknown child from Brazil [image #109; slide 16]
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"Freighter" by unknown child from Japan [image #110; slide 17]
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"African Woman" by unknown child from Austria [image #111; slide 18]
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"Boatman" by unknown child from Tangayika [image #112; slide 19]
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"Run from Danger" by unknown child from Ghana [image #113; slide 20]
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"Girl in Cart" by unknown child from Sweden [image #114; slide 21]
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"Rugby Players" by unknown child from Australia [image #115; slide 22]
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"Doctor" by unknown child from Mexico [image #116; slide 23]
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"Richard in the Snow" by unknown child from England [image #117; slide 24]
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"Lavendar House" by unknown child from Northern Rhodesia [image #118; slide 25]
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"Me" by unknown child from Ireland [image #119; slide 26]
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"Near the Spring Water" by unknown child from Lebanon [image #120; slide 27]
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"Man Dancing" by unknown child from New Zealand [image #121; slide 28]
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"Cat" by unknown child from Poland [image #122; slide 29]
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"A Home" by unknown child from Burma [image #123; slide 30]
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"Market Place" by unknown child from Burma [image #124; slide 31]
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"Marriage Scene" by unknown child from India [image #125; slide 32]
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"Car Carrying Pipe For the Water Supply" by unknown child from Israel [image #126; slide 33]
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"From My School Window" by unknown child from Norway [image #127; slide 34]
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"Farmers Working" by unknown child from the Philippines [image #128; slide 35]
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"Village" by unknown child from Italy [image #129; slide 36]
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"Family of Pigs" by unknown child from Natal [image #130; slide 37]
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"Balcony" by unknown child from Greece [image #131; slide 38]
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"Here Comes the Elephant" by unknown child from New Zealand [image #132; slide 39]
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"A House at the Wayside" by unknown child from Thailand [image #133; slide 40]
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"Washday" by unknown child from Italy [image #134; slide 41]
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"River Scene" by unknown child from East Germany [image #135; slide 42]
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"Girl in Garden" by unknown child from Austria [image #136; slide 43]
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"New Year's Grandeur" by unknown child from Korea [image #137; slide 44]
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"Barber Shop" by unknown child from Japan [image #138; slide 45]
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"Mother & Child" by unknown child from India [image #139; slide 46]
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"Woman Doing Dishes" by unknown child from East Germany [image #140; slide 47]
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"Firemen" by unknown child from Chile [image #141; slide 48]
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"Mother with Baby" by unknown child from Colombia [image #142; slide 49]
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"Garden" by unknown child from Brazil [image #143; slide 50]
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"Women Going to Well" by unknown child from Hungary [image #144; slide 51]
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"My Neighbor" by unknown child from Scotland [image #145; slide 52]
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"Village" by unknown child from South Africa [image #146; slide 53]
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"Rooftops" by unknown child from Okinawa, Japan [image #147; slide 54]
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"Landscape" by unknown child from Yugoslavia [image #148; slide 55]
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"Sleeping Cat" by unknown child from the Soviet Union [image #149; slide 56]
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Pipers' Band" by unknown child from Ireland [image #150; slide 57]
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"Villa" by unknown child from Yugoslavia [image #151; slide 58]
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"Library" by unknown child from the Soviet Union [image #152; slide 59]
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"Music Lesson" by unknown child from Yugoslavia [image #153; slide 60]
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"Ice Hockey" by unknown child from Canada [image #154; slide 61]
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"Camping Out" by unknown child from West Germany [image #155; slide 62]
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"The Bon Dancers" by unknown child from Japan [image #156; slide 63]
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"Flowers" by unknown child from South Africa [image #157; slide 64]
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"St. Lucia, St. Nicholaus, & Black Pete" by unknown child from Sweden [image #158; slide 65]
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"Succoth the Festival of Booths" by unknown child from Israel [image #159; slide 66]
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"Tennis Game" by unknown child from the United States [image #160; slide 67]
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"Football" by unknown child from the United States [image #161; slide 68]
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"We Are Brothers" by unknown child from Hong Kong [image #162; slide 69]
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By 11-year-old Dorothy Wiggins from Birmingham, England [image #163]
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By 11-year-old Goran Sigvardsson from Sweden [image #164]
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By 11-year-old Irene Paukku from Sweden [image #165]
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By Birgitta Maria Lundqvist from Sweden [image #166]
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By unknown child [name & address in Russian??] [ [image #167]
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By Philip Sabinagelo from Birmingham, England [image #168]
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By 11-year-old Mark Tovey (?) from Birmingham, England [image #169]
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By 10-year-old Roger Deeks from Birmingham, England [image #170]
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By 11-year-old Christopher Long from Birmingham, England [image #171]
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By 11-year-old Mark Tovey (?) from Birmingham, England [image #172]
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By 11-year-old Fiona Sweet from Hobart, Tasmania [image #173]
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By junior high schooler Patabendimulla from Ceylon [image #174]
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"Purim Ball" by 11-year-old Menachem Katz from Israel [image #175]
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By 15-year-old Marie-Louise v.d. Wiel from Heerlen, Netherlands [image #176]
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By 11-year-old Masakazu Makano from Osaka, Japan [image #177]
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"Woman" by 6-year-old Nora Rottner from Romania [image #178]
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By 13-year-old R. Kutomi from Japan [image #179]
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By high schooler from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #180]
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By unknown child [image #181]
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By high schooler from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #182]
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By junior high schooler from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #183]
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By junior high schooler from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #184]
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By 17-year-old Carolyn Jones from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA [image #185]
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By 11-year-old Debbie Karbofsky from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA [image #186]
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By 14-year-old Debbie Karbofsky from Denver, Colorado, USA [image #187]
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By 12-year-old Shicteru Miyashita from Tokyo, Japan [image #188]
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By 11-year-old Kathryn Hills from Black Man's Bay, Tasmania [image #189]
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By 7-year-old Maryann Ward from Westfield, New Jersey, USA [image #190]
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By Sandra Smith [image #191]
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By 17-year-old Deb Vida from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA [image #192]
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"A Night On A Farm" by 9-year-old Kathryn Mitchell from Livonia, Michigan, USA [image #193]
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By 18-year-old Frank Pacello from Arvada, Colorado, USA [image #194]
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By junior high schooler from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #195]
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By 9-year-old boy from Littleton, Colorado, USA [image #196]
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By 17-year-old Carolyn Jones from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA [image #197]
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By 17-year-old Diann Franks from St. Petersburg, Florida, USA [image #198]
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By 17-year-old Melinda Ledbetter from Whittier, California, USA [image #199]
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By 8-year-old Edna McConnell from Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, USA [image #200]
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By unknown high schooler from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #201]
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By J. Woodruff from Media, Pennsylvania, USA [image #202]
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By 12-year-old Renade Cerav from Vienna, Austria [image #203]
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By 8-year-old Yoshi Hirai from Takarazuka, Japan [image #204]
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By 14-year-old Masakatsu Endo from Tokyo, Japan [image #205]
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By Setuko Yano from Osaka, Japan [image #206]
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By 6th(?) grader Iwako Ishikawa from Yanaguchiken, Japan [image #207]
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By 11-year-old Klaus Nieradzik from Germany [image #208]
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By 12-year-old Ulla Therves from Essen, Germany [image #209]
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By 12-year-old Susanne Jorgensen from Stege, Denmark [image #210]
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By 10-year-old Robin Brownfield from Stony Brook, New York, USA [image #211]
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By 9-year-old Terry Greenberg from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA [image #212]
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By 14-year-old Katsuyo Terada from Shizuoka, Japan [image #213]
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By 18-year-old Robert Thomas from Chicago, Illinois, USA [image #214]
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By 16-year-old Ki Wun Kim from Seoul, Korea [image #215]
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By 16-year-old George Suggs [image #216]
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By 10-year-old Sonny Korenstein from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA [image #217]
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By 17-year-old Robert Samuels from Chicago, Illinois, USA [image #218]
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By 12-year-old Bernd Waldhaven from Stuttgart, Germany [image #219]
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National Circulating Library of Students' Peace Posters


By Edward Losinsky from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #51]
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By 13-year-old Aldon Annis of Kansas City, Missouri, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #52]
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By Wayne Hyatt from Collingswood, New Jersey, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #53]
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By 15-year-old Leonard Thomas Walter from Middlesex, Connecticut, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #54]
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By 13-year-old Phyllis F. Nathan from Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #55]
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By 16-year-old Ernest Clifford Brinkley from Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #56]
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By 17-year-old Phyllis Hostetter from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #57]
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By 17-year-old Bennie Hatten from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #62]
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By Lenore Whitson from Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #63]
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By 26-year-old William Randolph Thornton from Melrose, Massachusetts, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #64]
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By Jean Hayden from Blandford, Massachusetts, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #65]
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By 17-year-old George Mavracich from Youngstown, Ohio, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #66]
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By 18-year-old Robert Dunton from Watertown, Massachusetts, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #67]
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By Howard Franklin Downing from Westview, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #68]
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By Ellen Petrzelka from Chicago, Illinois, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #69]
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By 18-year-old Lawrence D. McIntyre from Buffalo, New York, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #70]
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By 14-year-old Billye Wayne Baxter from Waco, Texas, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #71]
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By Donald Harkar from Dayton, Ohio, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #72]
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By 20-year-old Frances Irene Feldman from Huntington, Massachusetts, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #73]
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By 17-year-old Walter Reynolds from Flushing, New York, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #74]
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By 17-year-old Robert Schroer from Kenmore, New York, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #75]
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By 15-year-old Emily Rae from Llanerch, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #76]
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By 14-year-old Madeline F. Littlefield from Dormont, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #77]
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By 18-year-old William Witman Kinsley from Robesonia, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #78]
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By 21-year-old William Edward Julison from Grand Forks, Michigan, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #79]
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By 15-year-old William P. Brewster from Dormont, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #80]
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By 18-year-old Leslie Stonehart from Santa Maria, California, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #81]
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By 19-year-old Betty Helen Ellis from Wayne, Nebraska, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #82]
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By Louis Stanich from Indianapolis, Indiana, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #83]
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By unknown youth, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #84]
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By Mary Andrade from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #85]
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By 17-year-old Irene Beil from Renton, Washington, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #86]
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By 15-year-old Betty Baisley from East St. Louis, Illinois, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #87]
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By unknown youth for the 4th annual poster contest of the National Circulating Library of Students' Peace Posters, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #88]
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By 13-year-old Stanley Bard from Mt. Vernon, New York, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #89]
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By Henry Rosenthal from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #90]
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By 18-year-old Ursula Edith Zabel from Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #91]
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By 20-year-old Mary Lou Plaxco from Denton, Texas, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #92]
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By 17-year-old Felix Billingsly from El Paso, Texas, USA, for the 4th annual poster contest, 1939 [image #93]
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By 13-year-old Marjorie Everett from Flint, Michigan, USA, for the 5th annual poster contest,1940 [image #220]
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By 13-year-old Monica Louise Johnson from Flint, Michigan, USA, for the 5th annual poster contest,1940 [image #221]
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By 15-year-old Edward Davis from Davenport, Iowa, USA, for the 5th annual poster contest,1940 [image #222]
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By 13-year-old Shirley Rumberger from Driftwood, Pennslyvania, USA, for the 5th annual poster contest,1940 [image #223]
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By 14-year-old Chester Zachlawski from Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA, for the 5th annual poster contest,1940 [image #224]
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By junior high schooler Constance De Meo from Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA, for the 5th annual poster contest,1940 [image #225]
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By 17-year-old Lester Davis from Emporium, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 5th annual poster contest,1940 [image #226]
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By 13-year-old Charles McClean from Driftwood, Pennsylvania, USA, for the 5th annual poster contest,1940 [image #227]
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Promotional Poster for the 3rd annual poster contest, 1938 [image #61]
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Artwork by Children & Youth, ca. 1970s-1980s


By unknown child from Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, Pennsylvania, USA, 1987 [image #46]
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By unknown child from Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, Pennsylvania, USA, 1987 [image #47]
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By unknown child from Wallingford-Swarthmore School District, Pennsylvania, USA, 1987 [image #48]
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By third grader Mercedes Johnson from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, for the YWCA Week Without Violence, ca. 1980s [image #58]
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By fourth grader Courtney Frazier from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, for the YWCA Week Without Violence, ca. 1980s [image #59]
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By fourth grader Eboni Dyson from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, for the YWCA Week Without Violence, ca. 1980s [image #60]
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By Arturo Lacau from Miami, Florida, USA, ca. 1976 [image #49]
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By unknown child/youth from Miami, Florida, USA, ca. 1976 [image #50]
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Exhibit created by Anne Yoder, SCPC Archivist, July 2008