Historical Echoes: Fed Posters from the 1920′s

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The posters and text below come courtesy of New York Fed’s Liberty Street Economics blog.

“Over the years, the Federal Reserve System has used many methods to communicate about the role it plays in support of stable prices, full employment, and financial stability. Current communication tools include the new press conferences by the Chairman, speeches by Bank presidents, public websites, economic education programs, local outreach efforts, publications, and blogs like Liberty Street Economics.

“Ninety years ago, however, the options were more limited. The Fed was still new and the nation’s economy was plagued by a growing number of bank failures. The five posters below (from the mid-1920s), with their images of strength and stability, were part of a larger series designed for display at member banks. They were likely intended to inform the public about the Federal Reserve System and foster confidence in its member banks.”

Source: Liberty Street Economics, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, May 20, 2011 (hat tip: The Big Picture).

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