Once upon a time in the United States, someone somewhere in the government for the greater good asked, “What better medium to get across the message of benevolent government programs is there than comic books?”
The SSA certainly knew this and, along with other government agencies, has a long history of “getting the message out.” Here are some samples from the Social Security Administration’s Special Collections – Public Information Materials where you are warned, “This is an archival or historical document and may not reflect current policies or procedures.”
One of the great heroic characters found in a visit to this archive is the smooth, confident, well-dressed, and stunningly white ivy-league guy “Genial Bureaucrat:”
A popular pairing is the elderly widow in rocking chair and the “Mr. Informed Spokesman” who explains the painless nature of collecting. “She takes a few pennies (less than a nickel) from each dollar your earn and adds an equal amount…”:
Next a comic ode to the Form-SS5, the path to “The Card” and your very own personal government number, plus two posters from two different eras in the glowing history of Social Security.
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