The Campaign
Magazine Cover Gallery
After July 1942
Behind the Designs
The Flag In World War II
Search the Covers
About The Collection, Resources, Credits
Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Behring Center
About The Collection Resources Credits
July 1942: United We Stand
About the Collection

The collection presented here demonstrates how some of our past is saved. It also shows how seemingly ordinary magazine covers take on greater meaning when examined as part of a larger story.

Many of the covers were collected in the summer of 1942 by Marguerite Jacquette Storm (1892–1976), who wrote to friends across the country asking for their flag magazines. Eventually she accumulated more than 150 publications. After removing the cover, Storm donated the rest of each magazine to wartime paper drives. Peter Gwillim Kreitler, who had been collecting magazines from the July 1942 campaign for more than ten years, acquired Storm’s covers in 1999.

Marguerite Storm
Marguerite Storm

Photo by Ruth M. Hitzberger, courtesy of Jacquie Theis