Original U.S. WWI War Savings Stamps “Save Your Child From Autocracy and Poverty” Propaganda Poster - 40 ½” x 30”
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent example of a WWI propaganda poster as used to promote sales for War Savings Stamps. “Save Your Child” was one of many posters issued by the U.S. government during World War I to encourage people to buy War Savings stamps (W.S.S.). W.S.S. could be purchased for 25 cents and, when enough were accumulated, they could be traded in for war bonds. The use of women and children as objects of propaganda was common in World War I. Images of women and children in despair was a form of advertising to encourage the American people to support the war. Children were used to disseminate propaganda. The authorities emphasized and played to the huge influence children wielded over their parents.
Children were co-opted to convey norms, values, and politically biased information to parents and families, as the caption on the poster states, “Save your child from autocracy and poverty.” This poster is also using a child as propaganda to advertise war savings stamps. World War I cost the federal government more than $30 billion (by way of comparison, total federal expenditures in 1913 were only $970 million), these programs became vital as a way to raise funds through the bond drives—a precursor of modern savings bonds. Nonetheless, even selling stamps in denominations as small as 25 cents, the government sold a billion dollar's worth of the stamps. The Liberty Loan and War Savings Stamp drives, which drew heavily on English and European models, serve today as powerful symbols of the extraordinary mass mobilization during the war—the attempt to recruit the entire population into the war effort. This poster was created by American artist Herbert Andrew Paus in 1918. Paus was an illustrator known best for his work for the magazine, "Popular Science." This poster was created and reproduced as a lithographic print at the time of its distribution.
The condition is really good for the age, but there is extensive wear and tear around the edges with two large tears located at the bottom center. The paper material is quite dry and brittle, so handle with caution.
Comes more than ready for further research and display.
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