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1941 Henry Billings / U.S. Government Printing Office
$ 750.00

Evocative, classic World War II-era poster entreating citizens of the U.S. to buy war bonds in preparation for entry into World War II.

The poster features a hand dropping a 1941 Liberty coin (similar to a Liberty Dime, but not) into a United States-shaped metal coin bank.

The art for the poster was done by Henry Billings (1901-1985), who signed the poster in print just to the right of the coin bank, for the U.S. Government Printing Office.

The map appears in a rare variant where "DEFENSE" has been emphatically crossed out and "WAR" appears above it in big red block letters (1941: J-414728. Poster No. 4A.) This was done after Pearl Harbor, to capitalize on the change in national attitude after the attack.


Deaccessioned from the Valentine Museum.

Condition Description
Not backed on poster linen.