• This photograph, from Christmas 1944, was produced by the Office of War Information, a wartime U.S. government agency established in June 1942 to coordinate the release of domestic and international news, with the aims of bolstering morale at home and undermining that of the enemy abroad. Images and captions such as these were intended to convey a positive, uplifting message in a time of war. Many well-known writers and photographers worked for the Office of War Information, including poet and former Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish, the photographer Gordon Parks, historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., journalist James Reston, and playwright Robert E. Sherwood.

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  • Office for Emergency Management, Office of War Information, Overseas Operations Branch, New York

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  • A Youngster, Clutching His Soldier Father, Gazes Upward While the Latter Lifts His Wife from the Ground to Wish Her a "Merry Christmas"


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  • 1 photograph (black and white)