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US Buy War Bonds poster with Eisenhower over a drawing of combat troops

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.18

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    US Buy War Bonds poster with Eisenhower over a drawing of combat troops


    Brief Narrative
    Poster from the Buy War Bonds series featuring a drawing of General Eisenhower superimposed over advancing troops. These posters were issued by the United States Treasury Department to encourage the purchase of war bonds and war stamps. There were 8 war loan drives conducted from 1942 to 1945. The public could purchase a $25 war bond for $18.75 which would be used to help pay for the military’s expenses. The war bond could be redeemed 10 years after the purchase for the full $25. Bond quotas were set up on the national, state, county, and town levels to encourage the sale of war bonds. Volunteers went door-to-door to sell war bonds. By the end of the war, 85 million Americans had purchased $185.7 billion dollars worth of bonds.
    Artwork Title
    Back ‘Em Up, Buy Extra Bonds
    Series Title
    Buy War Bonds
    publication/distribution:  1944
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
    front, top, red ink : BACK ‘EM UP
    front, bottom, white on black : BUY EXTRA BONDS
    front, bottom left corner, black ink : ✩ U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1944 – O - 591998
    front, bottom edge, black ink : OFFICIAL U.S. TREASURY POSTER
    front, bottom right corner, black ink : WFD 936
    Artist: Boris Chaliapin
    Printer: United States Government Printing Office
    Issuer: United States Treasury Department War Finance Division
    Distributor: United States Office of War Information
    The United States Office of War Information (OWI) was created on June 13, 1942, to centralize and control the content and production of government information and propaganda about the war. It coordinated the release of war news for domestic use, and using posters along with radio broadcasts, worked to promote patriotism, warn about foreign spies, and recruit women into war work. The office also established an overseas branch, which launched a large-scale information and propaganda campaign abroad. The government appealed to the public through popular culture and more than a quarter of a billion dollars' worth of advertising was donated during the first three years of the National Defense Savings Program. Victory in Europe was declared on May 8, 1945, and in Japan on September 2, 1945. The OWI ceased operation in September.

    Physical Details

    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Color offset lithographic poster reproducing a pencil portrait of General Eisenhower, an older man in uniform and garrison cap with 4 stars, holding a map and binoculars. His image is superimposed over an invasion scene featuring a tank and armed soldiers disembarking into water from landing craft vehicles. The artist’s name, Boris Chaliapin, is printed within the map. The slogan is in uppercase red text at the top and a white text at the bottom.
    overall: Height: 27.875 inches (70.803 cm) | Width: 20.000 inches (50.8 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Administrative Notes

    The poster was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1988 by David and Zelda Silberman.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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    2022-07-28 18:29:29
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