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Buy War Bonds poster with an image of the Concord militiaman statue

Object | Accession Number: 1988.42.44

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    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Poster from the Buy War Bonds poster series issued by the War Finance division of the US Treasury to encourage the purchase of war bonds and war stamps to support the war effort. It depicts the symbol of the US Savings Bond program, the Minute Man statue by Daniel Chester French in Concord, Massachusetts. Professional artists were commissioned to create art for the posters which were distributed to retailers to display. There were 8 war loan drives conducted from 1942 to 1945. The public could purchase a $25 war bond for $18.75 to help pay 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. It was considered a patriotic duty and an investment in victory. By the end of the war, 85 million Americans had purchased $185.7 billion dollars worth of bonds.
    Artwork Title
    For Freedom’s Sake, Buy War Bonds
    Series Title
    Buy War Bonds
    Date
    publication/distribution:  1943
    Geography
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of David and Zelda Silberman
    Markings
    front, right, blue ink : For Freedom’s / Sake
    front, bottom, red ink : BUY WAR BONDS
    front, right, below image, blue ink : JA
    front, bottom edge center, black ink :✩ U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1943 – O – 514158 WSS 789 – A [War Savings Stamps]
    Contributor
    Artist: John Atherton
    Printer: United States Government Printing Office
    Distributor: United States Department of Treasury

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Classification
    Posters
    Category
    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Offset color lithographic poster with a large green statue of a colonial militiaman with his left hand resting on a plow and his right hand holding a rifle. In the background is a white church with tower and small red buildings, with tall green trees beneath blue clouds against a white background. The slogan is at the center right and at the bottom. It was folded in quarters for mailing convenience.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 28.000 inches (71.12 cm) | Width: 21.875 inches (55.563 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

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    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    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.
    Record last modified:
    2022-07-28 18:29:29
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