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"Stoking the Engine", Painting for Coca Cola on "Uses of Coal" for 1949 Campaign

About the Item

Important both historically and artistically, this painting by Lyman Anderson of a railroad engineer feeding the engine with a fresh supply of coal was commissioned by the Coca Cola Company for an important 1940s educational campaign to celebrate industry in America. Started during World War II and continuing through the end of the 1940s, Coca Cola produced an array of large, color posters -- entitled "Our America" ---- that were designed for display in school classrooms. This painting was executed for one of several vignettes for the "Uses of Coal" poster, and was entitled "Railroad Use." The painting is gouache and watercolor on heavy paper and retains an old label for Dewart Gallery in Savannah, now defunct. Dimensions include the matte; visible painting is 4 3/8 inches high by 5 inches wide.
  • Creator:
    Lyman Anderson (Painter)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 13 in (33.02 cm)Width: 13 in (33.02 cm)Depth: 0.1 in (2.54 mm)
  • Style:
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
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  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Date of Manufacture:
    1949
  • Condition:
  • Seller Location:
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU865137253712
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