Cadillac ad supporting World War II
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The collection consists of two posters, 85 Million Americans Hold War Bonds, and The United Nations Fight for Freedom, and a full page color advertisement produced in the United States to support the war effort during World War II.
Poster illustrating the unity of the Allied forces against the Axis powers. It was the 19th poster distributed by the United States Office of War Information during World War II. On January 1, 1942 the representatives of the US, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and China signed a document which became known as the United Nations Declaration which pledged the governments to the maximum war effort and prevented them from making a separate peace. On the next day the representatives of 22 other nations added their signatures to the form. This declaration was the precursor to the foundation of the United Nations 3 years later. The OWI had commercial artist create posters like this which the OWI would distribute to retailers who would hang them on the walls of their business. The OWI’s goal was to place posters in the street-level windows of every store, office, and restaurant in every city and town across the United States.
Poster from the Buy War Bonds series featuring a hand with war bonds superimposed over the Statue of Liberty. 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.