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“Buy War Bonds” Poster
Political History, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History

“Buy War Bonds” Poster

Date: 1942
Catalog #: 163730.09    Accession #: 163730.09
Credit: Political History, Division of Social History, National Museum of American History


N.. C. Wyeth (Artist)

Published by the United States Government Printing Office

"Treasury Department"--Monthly catalog 1942, p. 1336. / Attribution of artist based on markings made to reproductions of the poster distributed through the Gerald Ford Presidential Library. / "WSS 510-A"

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 40" H x 30" W

Physical Description

Four color print on paper.

General History

Posters during World War II were designed to instill in the people a positive outlook, a sense of patriotism and confidence. They linked the war in trenches with the war at home. From a practical point, they were used to encourage all Americans to help with the war effort. The posters called upon every man, woman, and child to endure the personal sacrifice and domestic adjustments to further the national agenda. They encouraged rationing, conservation and sacrifice. In addition, the posters were used for recruitment, productivity, and motivation as well as for financing the war effort. The stark, colorful graphic designs elicited strong emotions. The posters played to the fears, frustrations, and faith in freedoms that lingered in people's minds during the war.


Country: United States
War: World War II
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