World War I Posters on Exhibit
by Library Staff | November 1, 2018 at 03:11 PM
In the upper level Turret Room through December 31, 2018
In recognition of the centennial of the November 11, 1918 Armistice that ended the First World War, the library is exhibiting a series of posters from the library archives advertising “Liberty Bonds”. The Liberty Bond Drives were the subject of a massive advertising campaign by the federal government. Its object was not just to sell bonds, but to sell the war. The posters illustrate a broad range of appeals to psychological and emotional needs: sense of family (“My Daddy bought Me a Government Bond”), fear (“Halt the Hun”), and social pressure, among others. The campaign was a resounding success. By the war’s end, $18 billion had been raised. Most of the posters on exhibit are from the 1917-18 Third Liberty Loan Drive and are still striking in their visual and emotional appeal.
This exhibition is made possible with funding provided by the Acton Memorial Library Foundation, Inc.