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US Buy War Bonds poster of a soldier charging, bayonet ready

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.39

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    US Buy War Bonds poster of a soldier charging, bayonet ready


    Brief Narrative
    Poster from the Buy War Bonds series featuring a grim faced US soldier lunging forward, rifle bayonet at the ready, factory workers at his back. 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. The war in Europe ended May 8, 1945, and the war in Japan on September 2, 1945.
    Artwork Title
    Let’s All Fight, Buy War Bonds
    Series Title
    Buy War Bonds
    publication/distribution:  1942
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
    front, right, white and red ink : LET’S / ALL / FIGHT
    front, bottom, red ink : BUY WAR BONDS
    front, bottom edge center, red ink : ✩ U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1942 – O – 482982 WSS 508 – D [War Savings Stamps]
    Printer: United States Government Printing Office
    Distributor: United States Department of Treasury

    Physical Details

    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Offset color lithographic poster of a grim faced soldier in helmet and combat uniform lunging forward with a rifle bayonet. In the background are small black and white images of civilians working in different industries: a woman at a factory pushing a handle into 6 cylinders; a steel worker ; a welder holding a torch, and a farmer plowing his fields. The slogan is printed on the right an along the bottom.
    overall: Height: 14.000 inches (35.56 cm) | Width: 21.875 inches (55.563 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

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    Conditions on Use
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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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