[CIVIL RIGHTS] BANKS, Spencer T. (1912-1983), artist. Boss Rule, Civil Service. St. Louis, MO: Globe Poster Corp., [ca 1941].

Poster highlighting discrimination and the disparities in job opportunities available for African Americans at the city level with a call to support "Civil Service Amendment, No.3," 22 x 28 in. (minor soil, creasing at corners, not removed from protective plastic for inspection). Rare, no copies located at auction or in OCLC. 

Spencer Thornton Banks was an African American illustrator and graphic artist who was born in Mississippi. Banks moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he attended high school and college, and later established himself as a commercial artist working for over 50 years in the area. His work included a diverse range of clients and included pieces for the Negro League Championship and the Pine Street YMCA Circus. Lesser known than many of his contemporaries but of exceptional talent, Banks's work often highlighted and celebrated aspects of Black culture. In 1941, St. Louis adopted a civil service amendment to the City Charter which enacted a merit system for the hiring of employees. Banks's poster in support of the amendment reminded citizens that "Democracy Begins at Home" and to "Vote YES" for the amendment.

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