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US Buy War Bonds poster with the Statue of Liberty torch

Object | Accession Number: 2016.250.1

Poster from the Buy War Bonds series of the War Finance division, US States Treasury, to encourage the purchase of war bonds and stamps during World War II. It depicts mirror images of a hand clutching war bonds and the State of Liberty holding her torch. The federal government had commercial artists create posters like this which they distributed to retailers to hang in their business. During World War II, to help pay for the war effort, the US government issued war bonds. It was considered a patriotic duty and an investment in victory. 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. By the end of the war, 85 million Americans had purchased $185.7 billion dollars of bonds.

Artwork Title
85 Million Americans Hold War Bonds
Series Title
Buy War Bonds
1945  (publication/distribution)
publication : Washington (D.C.)
War propaganda
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2017-09-12 11:47:18
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