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Original U.S. WWII Buy War Bonds - Third War Loan Poster - Boy with Father's Medal of Honor

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a vintage poster printed by the United States Government Printing Office in 1943. It is a full color poster of a young boy with tears streaming from his eyes. He has a freckled face and wears a white short-sleeved shirt. Around his neck hangs a Medal of Honor. In his hand he holds a Lieutenant's overseas garrison cap. The image implies that the young son has lost his heroic father to the hours of war. It reads BUY WAR BONDS / THIRD WAR LOAN. The artist was Victor Keppler. Printed across the lower right edge is U.S. Government Printing Office: 1943 542951 WFD-S40. It measures approximately 28.5" x 30".

During World War II the government and even radio and movie stars worked hard to convince people to buy war bonds. These bonds were kind of like loans to the government. People would buy bonds and the government promised to return them with interest after ten years or more. During the war, the government needed all the extra money it could get to help pay for war equipment. War bonds or defense bonds were bought by purchasing stamps for 10 or 15 cents each. The stamps were then pasted into booklets that could be turned in when full for a $25 war bond. War stamps and bonds were not only a way for the government to raise money, but a way for every person to participate in the war effort. It became very patriotic to buy bonds and stamps.

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