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Capital Punishment

Peg Averill


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This is a classic Peg Averill design, with her signature illustration style used to great effect in railing against the death penalty. We believe this poster was produced in 1976 by the War Resisters League. It was the first in a series of posters produced by the WRL, many illustrated by Averill. It was printed by the union and movement print shop in Smithtown, NY called The Print Shop.

For those not familiar with her work, Averill (1949-1993) created hundreds of political graphics in the 1970s and 80s, which were used by a large number of organizations working on a variety of political issues (anti-war, anti-nuclear, prisoner rights, anti-death penalty, etc.). Her illustrations were often used in the War Resisters League publication WIN.

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