Presented is a vintage WWII poster promoting the use of War Bonds. The poster, a color lithograph, was published in 1942 by the U.S. Government Printing Office. In the composition, a blonde-haired woman in a pink nightgown reaches into the pocket of a pair of men's pants. A man lying in the bed nearby winks at her and says, “Just be sure you put at least 10% of it in war bonds!” The text, “TOP THAT 10%,” appears in black block letters against a yellow background at the bottom of the poster.
During WWII, the government received funding directly from United States citizens in the form of war saving bonds and stamps, which were paid back later with interest. Purchasing war bonds was viewed as a way for American citizens to support the war effort. Traditionally, large dollar bond amounts, ranging from $50 to $1000, were purchased for bonds. Series E Bonds were issued beginning in 1941 and transitioned to War Bonds in 1942 with America’s entry into the war. There were 8 Loan Drives from 1942-1945. This poster most likely supported the first loan drive, which lasted from November 30 through December 23, 1942.
Overall good condition. Colorful poster. Two small tears on the left margin, both into the poster image. Horizontal and vertical fold lines, from past storage. Light toning to the margins. "U.S. Government Printing Office: 1942- O- 496677 WSS694" at bottom center margin. Sold unframed, as-is. Unframed dimensions: 28" H x 22" W.