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U.S. Social Security Board Poster, A Monthly Check to You for the Rest of Your Life . . . Beginning When You Are 65, Lithograph Print, 1935.

Posters helped promote the new Social Security system to the American public. This one communicated its message with images of a benefits check and the U.S. Capitol. The text explained who could apply, how to get and submit an application and where to find further information.

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

U.S. Social Security Board Poster, A Monthly Check to You for the Rest of Your Life . . . Beginning When You Are 65, Lithograph Print, 1935.

Providing Economic Security

Congress passed the Social Security Act in the midst of the Great Depression. It authorized taxes on workers and employers to provide for the elderly, the unemployed, dependent children and the disabled. The legislation addressed the concerns of popular grassroots movements that advocated for federal old-age pensions and relief for those without jobs.