Library News

World War I Posters on Exhibit

by Library Staff | November 1, 2018 at 03:11 PM

Third Liberty Loan posterIn 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.

Please click here for the exhibition flyer (PDF).

This exhibition is made possible with funding provided by the Acton Memorial Library Foundation, Inc. 

Archives Art Exhibitions Exhibitions World War I