When I wrote about the NOS Charley Parker travel posters — available cheap from the U.S. Government Printing Office — I also saw these Homeland Security Threat Level Posters for sale in Uncle Sam’s online bookstore. A set of five posters spotlighting the five levels of security alerts: Will these become historically significant artifacts around the year 2050, give or take a few? I tend to think: Yes.
In post-World War II America, there were posters created about the nuclear threat. Before that, posters about aiding the war effort. Before that, posters about surviving the Great Depression. Original copies of these are pretty sought after today, I think. I’m a late baby boomer, and there have been many events in my life. But for me, 9/11 was more “defining” than any other. So it seems to compute that FEMA and Homeland Security Threat Level Signs will also be among most potent printed memories from today’s time.
At first I hesitated to feature these posters… because of the seriousness of their intended use… because of the reason they even exist in the first place. This is not something to LOL about. But, I know that several readers bought them when they went to look at the Harper posters. So, I’ll put ’em out there. Something to save for the grandkids to help Explain. $14 for the complete set of five, with free shipping, from the U.S. Government Printing Office.
By the way, I ordered all the Charley Harper posters available — yes, hoarding — and they are pretty rockin’ fantastic.