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"WE HOPE TO SET
A BOY TO DREAMING"
A poster, for fundraising purposes
for the Futurliner Restoration project, has been developed from a
painting by John Falter, which was then used on the cover of the 1953
GM Annual Report. John Falter was a popular artist and did many covers
for the Saturday Evening Post (and many other magazines) until he died
in 1982. When he attended a Parade of Progress in 1953, he took many
photos of the Futurliners an displays and then using his artistic
license, painted a canvas of the essential elements of the Parade.
John Falter tried to "bring out some of the homeliness and humor
of mid-western town and home life" and hence, the title of the
poster is "WE HOPE TO SET A BOY TO DREAMING". It is very
well done and a collectors item for all of you who are interested in
the history and the Futurliner restoration project. We know our
market is limited so we only have produced a limited amount of
posters. The quality of the poster is very suitable for framing and I
know that you will be pleased with it.
The poster is 18" high by 22" wide
and is available at NATMUS in Auburn, Indiana, and can be ordered from
NATMUS over the phone, or by mailing a check, or by mailing in a form
with your credit card number on it. Send your donation
of $10.00 + $3.00 shipping and handling and your poster,
suitable for framing, will arrive in a protected cardboard mailing
send check for $13.00 donation for Futurliner Poster to:
NATMUS (National Automotive and Truck
Museum of the United States)
1000 Gordon M. Buehrig Place
Auburn, Indiana 46706
For credit card purchases, call: (260) 925-9100.
NATMUS accepts Mastercard, Visa, Discover
click here for an order form
that can be printed and mailed.
WE HOPE WE SET A BOY TO DREAMING
The poster is
taken from an original painting that was done by John Falter. GM
commissioned him to do this painting and it appeared on the GM front
and rear cover of their 1953 Annual Report. Following is a little history of what
GM asked John Falter to portray as well as a brief history of John
set a boy to dreaming, is another major objective of the Parade",
said Paul Garrett, vice president of General Motors.
technological progress has been so rapid over the past few years, with
new discoveries opening up so many new avenues of research, the
available supply of young scientists and engineers falls far short of
"If in the
near future we don't get enough new scientists and engineers to enable
the demand to be met, our rate of progress will lag. And so the Parade
seeks to interest youth in making a career in the technical
purpose of the General Motors Parade of Progress is to entertain, to
interest, to enlighten its audiences, young and old. In so doing we strive to make clear
the processes by which American industry contributes to our national
well-being, security and progress.
basis of that contribution is the efforts and initiative of
individuals--perfecting new methods and processes, making new
discoveries and inventions.
is why we hope, that among the crowds who visit our exposition, there
are youngsters who find their imaginations stirred, who catch the
glimmerings of a vision, who start in pursuit of that vision by
turning to their home chemistry sets, their model kits, their tool
chests and workbenches.
is why we hope that somewhere we set a boy to dreaming -- and set him on
the road to usefulness and service to himself, his country and his
we asked artist John Falter to visit the Parade of Progress and put on
canvas what he saw there for the cover of our Annual Report, we had in
mind that he might possibly capture something of this spirit of the
Falter can be suspected of having had his tongue is cheek when he
sketched the small lad gone limp and dreaming peacefully in his
go-cart. However, we do not begrudge him his little joke, because in
the eager gesture of older brother, in the absorbed young faces
upturned before the science demonstration, and no less in the rapt
attention of their elders, he has so admirably succeeded in his
JOHN FALTER, the Artist
Falter (1910-1982) American artist/illustrator, Born and raised in
Nebraska. His most know pictures were painted for the covers of The
Saturday Evening Post (185) second only to Norman Rockwell.
was called " America's most gifted illustrator" by Rockwell.
Falter opened a studio in New Rochelle, N.Y., which had long been
something of a colony for illustrators, including Frederic Remington
and Norman Rockwell. Falter commented, "Rockwell was our
inspiration then. I didn't meet him until years later. We would hear
that Rockwell had been out on the street and we'd all run out and hunt
for him. If they'd tell us that he had looked in a shop window, we'd
look in the same window trying to absorb what he looked at by
did illustrations for Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal,
Cosmopolitan, McCall's Life, Look, Esquire and commercial work for
Gulf Oil, Arrow Shirts and Pall Mall. He also did 300 recruiting
posters and painted portraits of famous subjects, Clark Gable, Adm.
William "Bull" Halsey, Olivia de Haviland and James Cagey.
liked to bring out some of the homeliness and humor of Middle
Western town life and home life. "I used humor wherever
possible." he said.
I think that
explains the young boy, "set to dreaming," in his Taylor Tot