Poster: For Home and Country - Victory Liberty Loan
30 x 20 in. (76.2 x 50.8 cm)
Alfred Everitt Orr
Medium and Support:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. E. Henry Keutmann
Location: Not currently on view
During five Liberty Loan campaigns, Americans bought twenty billion dollars in bonds to support the war. The final campaign, the Victory Liberty Loan, began after the war ended. The government still needed to pay for the travel, medical care, shelter, and sustenance for the millions of American soldiers remaining in Europe.
The reunion of this idealized, Anglo-American family illustrates the ideal outcome of the war. A healthy soldier/husband returns from the war into the loving arms of his wife and son. The German helmet that hangs from the soldier's neck, a common war trophy, strikes a somewhat brutal and discordant note to our modern eyes.
[Gallery label text, 2006]
Printed by American Lithographic Co., New York.
For general references, see George Theofiles, "American Posters of World War I," New York: Dafran House Publishers, Inc., 1973, fig. 171, p. 126; "Posters of World War I and World War II in the George C. Marshall Research Foundation," Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1979, cat. no. 144, p. 62; Peter Conrad Frank, "Women of the World War One Poster," Middletown, CT: Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University, 1981, cat. no. 37 and pp. 17 and 32; and James Aulich, "War Posters: weapons of mass communication," New York : Thames & Hudson, 2007, p. 115, fig. 137.
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