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Say it with Snap: Motivating Workers by Design, 1923-1929

Date: 09/13/2013 - 01/06/2014

Time: All Day Event

Location: 241 McNeal Hall

Cost: Free


Say it with Snap: Motivating Workers by Design, 1923-1929
September 13, 2013 – January 6, 2014
Gallery 241, McNeal Hall, Saint Paul campus

Opening reception, Friday September 13, 6 PM, Gallery 241in conjunction with
Ink Link: A Letterpress Mixer, 6-9 PM, B-level print studios, McNeal Hall

Between 1923 and 1929, Chicago-based Mather & Company created and sold colorful, graphically-dramatic posters to businesses across the United States for display in the workplace. Through these emphatic posters, workers were exhorted to get to the point when they conversed with co-workers (“Say it with snap!”), not lose their temper (“Blowing up blows up your chances”), and own up to and correct mistakes because “Repeating our mistakes ruins our records.” In an era when the relationships between management and workers were changing, motivating posters were a way to shape both worker behavior and attitudes.

Exhibition organized by Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE and Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville. GMD programs are funded in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for HGA Gallery exhibitions is provided by the Rapson Hall Exhibition Fund with support from Judy Dayton.


  • Name: Goldstein Museum of Design
  • E-mail: gmd@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-7434
  • Sponsored by: College of Design, Goldstein Museum of Design

More information: http://goldstein.design.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact the Goldstein Museum of Design at 612-624-7434 or gmd@umn.edu.

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