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US Buy War Bonds poster depicting the Statue of Liberty

Object | Accession Number: 2015.589.1

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    Brief Narrative
    American war bond poster printed in 1945, featuring a clenched fist holding war bonds, superimposed in front of the Statue of Liberty’s arm and torch. The symbolism of the image implies that purchasing war bonds was a way the public could support and protect American liberty, represented by the Statue of Liberty’s torch, which is also the lone light in the night sky. The United States Government offered the public the opportunity to purchase war bonds, and return them for reimbursement at a later date. Purchasing bonds was considered patriotic and an investment in victory, and U.S. posters levied patriotic themes and appeals to emotion to garner support. The advertisement posters for war bonds were issued by the United States Treasury Department to encourage the purchase of war bonds and war stamps. There were eight 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 finance the war effort. 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 over $185 billion in war bonds.
    Artwork Title
    85 Million Americans Hold War Bonds
    Series Title
    Buy War Bonds
    publication/distribution:  1945
    publication: Washington (D.C.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection. The acquisition of this collection was made possible by the Crown Family.
    front, bottom right, printed, white : 85 / MILLION / AMERICANS / HOLD / WAR BONDS
    front, bottom left corner, within border, printed, black ink : [star] U.S. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE : 1945-O-629877
    front, bottom center, within border, printed, black ink : OFFICIAL U.S. TREASURY POSTER
    front, bottom right corner, within border, printed, black ink : WFD 983-A
    Publisher: United States Government Printing Office
    Distributor: United States Department of Treasury
    Distributor: United States Treasury Department War Finance Division

    Physical Details

    War propaganda
    Physical Description
    Poster printed on rectangular heavy weight, white, paper with an image of a man’s raised hand clutching war bonds, mirroring the raised arm and torch of the Statue of Liberty in the background. The man’s raised right hand and forearm are in the foreground and he is holding several 100 dollar war bonds. Behind is the Statue of Liberty’s right arm holding the torch, which lights up the starry night sky. Large white text is in the lower right corner and the poster has a narrow white border with small black text along the bottom. The paper has three evenly spaced vertical and horizontal creases and a small pinhole in each corner.
    overall: Height: 28.000 inches (71.12 cm) | Width: 20.000 inches (50.8 cm)
    overall : paper, ink

    Rights & Restrictions

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    New York (N.Y.) United States

    Administrative Notes

    The poster was acquired by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2015.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    The acquisition of this artifact was made possible by the Crown Family.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-28 07:27:22
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