Wright Museum’s Esquire Magazine: The World War II Years

Wright Museum's Kasey Birth and Justin Gamache hard at work hanging pieces.

WOLFEBORO —From January 21 through February 14, Service Credit Union will host Wright Museum’s “Esquire Magazine: The World War II Years” at its corporate office in Portsmouth.
 
Created by John Frank and curated by Wright Museum in Wolfeboro, the exhibit features more than 40 covers, cartoons, ads and photographs with subject areas ranging from culture and jazz to fashion and women.
 
“This is a wonderful exhibit, and we are proud to have it accessible and free to the public in our exhibit space,” said Service Credit Union’s Aimee Sundstrom.
 
Founded in 1933, Esquire evolved from a men’s magazine into a general-audience publication during the WWII era.
 
“It is an interesting exhibit because it reveals the role of the magazine during WWII,” said Wright Museum Executive Director Mike Culver. “Esquire provided American citizens with a break from the media’s constant and unsettling war coverage.”
 
Citing a longstanding partnership with Service Credit Union, Culver said Esquire Magazine: The World War II Years helps to underscore Wright Museum’s consistent focus on the home front.
 
“We are not a war museum,” he said. “We focus on American culture and themes that not only help the general public better understand WWII, but who we are as Americans today. We hope this exhibit can encourage folks to visit us when we open our 2020 season in May.”
 
Esquire Magazine: The World War II Years will run January 21 through February 14 at Service Credit Union’s Corporate Office, 3003 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth, from 9:00 a.m - 4:00  p.m., Monday through Friday.
 
“We are very thankful to Service Credit Union for their continued support and enabling us to share this exhibit to the general public at no charge,” added Culver.
 
The region’s leading resource for educators and learners of all ages on World War II, Wright Museum will reopen in May of 2020, although school tours can be arranged from January-April.
 
For more information about the Wright Museum, or to schedule a school tour, visit wrightmuseum.org, or call 603-569-1212.
 

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