Rare 1929 'Shift Of Civilization' Poster by Samuel S. Wyer - same poster framed in U.S. Senate Library

Rare 1929 'Shift Of Civilization' Poster by Samuel S. Wyer - same poster framed in U.S. Senate Library

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This poster is from 1929 and titled the "Shift of Civilization". As it says on the poster, "This chart is based on many years of avocational and recreational reading of its author Samuel S. Wyer Consulting Engineer Columbus, Ohio". The poster measures approximately 24" x 37 7/8". There is a small tear along the bottom edge which has been photographed closely. A FRAMED COPY OF THIS SAME POSTER WAS HANGING IN THE ATTIC OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE LIBRARY!
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This poster is from 1929 and titled the "Shift of Civilization". As it says on the poster, "This chart is based on many years of avocational and recreational reading of its author Samuel S. Wyer Consulting Engineer Columbus, Ohio". The poster measures approximately 24" x 37 7/8". There is a small tear along the bottom edge which has been photographed closely. A FRAMED COPY OF THIS SAME POSTER WAS HANGING IN THE ATTIC OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE LIBRARY! I found the following information in a Dec. 20, 1998 article by Joel Achenbach in the Washington Post:
"...Workers have been painting the Senate chamber, as well as the office of the majority leader, Trent Lott (R-Miss.). And yesterday, as it happens, was moving day for the Senate library. Workers in blue uniforms were carting boxes over to the Russell Senate Office Building, emptying out an archive that fills two floors. An old industrial-strength metal staircase leads to an attic full of bound volumes of the Congressional Record, maps, atlases and a framed poster called "Shift of Civilization," showing a time line of the entire history of humankind, written early in the century by someone named Samuel Wyer. It announced:

'Mentally, 'Shift of Civilization' means how man has shifted from cowering fear to conquering courage. This involves: the conquest of fear, superstition, prejudice, custom, intolerance, worship of fixed truth, and sublimation of debating activities into fact-finding activities . . . '"

Just to clarify, this is not the same physical poster from the Senate attic. I am just letting you know that it is the same poster that they had in the U.S. Senate library in 1998. The poster has been rolled and kept in a protective tube for 75+ years and is still in great condition as the photographs show!

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