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“Say It With Snap!”: Motivating Workers by Design, 1923-1929

June 15, 2014 - August 10, 2014
Venue: Stauth Memorial Museum
Address: 111 N Aztec St, Montezuma, KS 67867
Time: From: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Admission: Admission is free, but donations are greatly appreciated.
Contact: Kim Legleiter
Email: stauthm@ucom.net
Phone: 620-846-2527
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“Say It With Snap!” tracks the visual strategies and thinking behind the Mather posters through a selection of 48 examples. Their designs adhere to a standard format consisting of a three-part message and a single image, which was increasingly streamlined as the palette became more colorful. During the early years, the incentives targeted white-collar workers and featured the images and voices of these workers and their managers. Later the intended audience expanded to factory workers. The posters became more playful, as allegorical images borrowed from popular entertainments such as sports, music, and circuses were introduced. Throughout, their content reflected both positive and negative approaches to motivating employees with affirmations like “You Are Working for Yourself” alternating with messages like “What Are Loafers Paid?” This exhibit is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance with The Kansas Arts Commission and The National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibit is on display at the Stauth Memorial Museum of Montezuma, Kansas. Museum hours: Tue-Sat 9:00-12:00, 1:00-4:30, Sun 1:30-4:30. Closed Mondays & major holidays.