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US Retailers for Victory poster of the carrier Shangri-La on a red, white, and blue background

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.27

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    US Retailers for Victory poster of the carrier Shangri-La on a red, white, and blue background


    Brief Narrative
    Red, white, and blue poster with the aircraft carrier Shangri-La from the Retailers for Victory poster series issued by the US Treasury Department to encourage the purchase of war bonds and war stamps. In 1943, there was a War Stamp Drive to support the construction of the aircraft carrier Shangri-La. The ship was laid down by the Norfolk Navy Yard, in Portsmouth, VA, on January 15, 1943 and launched on February 24, 1944. It saw service in the Pacific Theater, and its aircraft bombed many Japanese cities in 1945 on the northern Japanese main islands, Hokkaido and Honshu, including Tokyo. During World War II, war bonds were issued by the government to help pay for the war effort. The public could purchase a $25 war bond for $18.75 which would help pay the military’s expenses. The war bond could be redeemed 10 years after the purchase for the full $25. For people who could not afford $18.75, war stamps could be bought, starting at 10 cents, and saved to purchase a war bond. By the end of the war, 85 million Americans had purchased $185.7 billion dollars of bonds.
    Artwork Title
    War Stamps From Every American Will Build the Mystery Ship - Shangri-La
    Series Title
    Retailers for Victory
    publication/distribution:  1943
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
    front, top, white on red field : $1.00 IN WAR STAMPS FROM / EVERY AMERICAN WILL BUILD / THE MYSTERY SHIP . . . / Shangri-La
    front, right, blue ink : BOMB / TOKYO / With Your / Extra Change
    front, bottom, white on blue field : BUY WAR STAMPS. / Fill Your Stamp Album Now
    front, bottom edge center, blue ink : ✩ U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: 1943 – O – 531075 WSS 817 - A
    Printer: United States Government Printing Office
    Issuer: United States Department of Treasury
    Issuer: United States Treasury Department War Finance Division

    Physical Details

    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Offset color lithograph poster in red, white, and blue of an aircraft carrier with a line of 3 fighter planes taking off the deck. There are text sections in the top, center, and bottom. The poster was made to fold into eighths for mailing and has printed postal information on the back.
    overall: Height: 26.750 inches (67.945 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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    2023-05-24 13:46:59
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