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"Come On!" WWI Home Front Bonds Poster by Walter Whitehead (1917)

"Come On!" WWI Home Front Bonds Poster by Walter Whitehead (1917)

“Come on! Buy More Liberty Bonds” was one of many posters issued by the U.S. government during World War I to encourage support of the war. This poster was created by American artist Walter Whitehead in 1918. Whitehead’s colorful poster shows an American soldier standing aggressively over a dead German soldiers body with his bayonet in hand. The German soldier is wearing his distinctive pointed helmet which was known as a Pickelhaube.

The Pickelhaube became an item of fear and hatred for the American public. Dehumanizing Germans became a common tactic in American propaganda posters. This tactic influenced Americans to stop the evil barbarians from invading by buying liberty bonds. This is emphasized by the caption: “Come on! Buy more Liberty Bonds!” Personifying the enemy as non human was a common propaganda practice to drive Americans to purchase Liberty Bonds in order to finance the war.

This poster was created and reproduced as a lithographic print at the time of its distribution.

Size*: 20" x 30"
Condition: Very Good

Rolled. Linen backed and restored. Restoration addressed the following issues: small edge tears, small creases in -C- of -Come-, minor retouching in the bottom left corner.

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Poster Text:  Come on! Buy more liberty bonds. 8-B. Ketterlinus Phila.
Tags: WWI   Home Front   Bonds and Stamps  
Artist/Designer(s): Walter Whitehead  
* Sizes are approximate and given in good faith. Sizes are also given for the area of the item itself. Linen backing posters may slightly stretch the poster size, in addition posters often have a larger linen border that extends beyond the poster area. Measurements are for poster alone. Please contact us if you have any questions or you need to confirm exact size.
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