War Is Not Healthy For Children And Other Living Things
Maker: Lorraine Schneider
Date Made: 1965
Place Made: United States: New York
Measurements: 26 cm x 25 cm; 10 1/4 in x 9 13/16 in
Main Subject: Peace (Anti-War)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
war is not healthy for children and other living things [written in pencil] Primer A/P LS
Acquisition Number: 2015-011
Production Notes: original artist's proof by Lorraine Schneider
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In 1965, Lorraine Schneider, an activist, artist, and mother, created the War is Not Healthy slogan and image for a design contest at Pratt Art Institute in New York. No submissions could be larger than 4 square inches, or 2" by 2." Her image was seen as too simplistic and did not win, but it became one of the most famous political graphics of the era. In 1967, 15 middle class women met at the Beverly Hills home of Barbara Avedon, television screen-writer and peace activist, to discuss “doing something” about the war in Viet Nam. Another Mother for Peace (AMP) was formed, and Lorraine Schneider donated her logo to the organization. Gerta Katz, art director for Another Mother for Peace for 18 years, incorporated Lorraine Schneider’s logo into posters, flyers, newsletters, datebooks, buttons, cards, and jewelry, helping to promote it into an internationally recognized symbol for peace.