"Back the Attack! Buy War Bonds" Vintage WWII 3rd War Loan Poster, 1943

This vintage WWII poster was created by artist Georges Schreiber in 1943. It depicts a dynamic battle scene, with a soldier center in the composition. The soldier lies on the ground holding his military rifle. Other soldiers with parachutes surround him, descending towards the central soldier. In bold, italicized red letters is the slogan “Back the Attack!” Under the figure is the lettering stating “Buy War Bonds” in white and “3rd War Loan” in black. 

Defense Bonds first went on the market on May 1, 1941, and they were renamed War Bonds after the US entered the war in December 1941. Bonds were available in denominations of $25 through $1,000, designed to be affordable for every household. Eight War Loan Drives were conducted in the US from 1942 to 1945. Each was meant to raise an additional $9-$15 billion. Towns received quotas, with the aim of promoting competition between towns. Volunteers went door-to-door, pleading for bond sales and rewarding purchasers with stickers to display on their window or door.

The drives were conducted on the following dates: First War Loan Drive: Nov. 30 to Dec. 23, 1942; Second War Loan Drive: Apr. 12 to May 1, 1943; Third War Loan Drive: Sep. 9 to Oct. 1, 1943; Fourth War Loan Drive: Jan. 18 to Feb. 15, 1944; Fifth War Loan Drive: June 12 to July 8, 1944; Sixth War Loan Drive: Nov. 20 to Dec. 16, 1944; Seventh War Loan Drive: May 14 to June 30, 1945; Victory Loan Drive: Oct. 29 to Dec. 8, 1945.

By the end of the war, 85 million Americans (out of a population of 131 million) had purchased $185.7 billion dollars of bonds – over $2,000 per person, at a time when the average income was $2,000 per year. The patriotism and personal sacrifice of the average citizen played a significant part in the Allied war effort.

Georges Schreiber (1904-1977) was a Belgian artist from the city of Brussels. After studying across affluent cities in Europe, Schreiber moved to New York in 1928 where he remained for the rest of his life. He became an American citizen in 1938. Schreiber was both a lithographer and painter. This poster is an excellent example of Schreiber’s dynamic work, as it combines both a colorful landscape with a very detailed male figure.

CONDITION:

Good condition overall. Colors are still strong. The text "U.S. Government Printing Office: 1943-O-542562" is printed at the bottom left margin. "WFD 829A" is printed in the bottom right. Light fold lines and creases from past storage. Poster is sold unframed. 

Unframed Dimensions: 27 3/4" H x 19 7/8"W.



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