The first war loan program began in November 1942, with the last one ending in December 1945. At the end of WWII, the money raised from the war bond program accounted for three fifths of the total war expenditures for the United States.
"LET'S ALL FIGHT - BUY WAR BONDS"
COLE CIABURRI, IAN FULLMER, and TRAVIS FRENZEL
GROUP II, TEAM 10
Funds from war bonds supplied the matériel of war: $.10 would pay for three cartridges; $.25 for a mess kit; $2.00 for a blanket; $6.00 for an anti-tank shell; $10.00 would buy two steel helmets.1 Industry expanded [in response]: Aircraft production alone increased from roughly 6,000 planes in 1939, to about 96,000 planes in 1944.2 The center of this poster is a dramatic image of a WWI soldier, armed with a bayonet-equipped M-1 rifle.3 The image invokes feelings that [could translate] into the purchase of new military equipment with the latest advanced technology.
“Rosie the Riveter,” appears at the very top, perhaps as a symbol that women were crucial to the war. Rosie is “… loyal, efficient, patriotic, and pretty.”4 She often worked in heavy industry, such as shipbuilding and aircraft production.”5 The poster has a strong message: Even heading into the unknown, soldiers will remain fearless because they know that the American people are supporting them with all their might.
Conclusion on Project
As a group . . . we felt that this project provided a greater depth of understanding of the war for us . . . the project was both interesting and challenging.
1”U.S. World War II Posters” [home page on line]; available from
2Lyons, Michael J. World War 2: A Short History, p. 245.
3“Vintage Posters” [home page on-line]; available from
4”First War Loan: [home page on-line];
5“The Home Front during World War II” [home page on-line]; available from
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