• "Joan of Arc Poster, World War I," 1914-1918. Courtesy of the Perkins School for the Blind via Digital Commonwealth.

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    Joan of Arc Poster, World War I
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    • 1914-1918
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    • Blue poster with a young woman in full armor holding her sword high. Text from item: "Joan of Arc saved France. Women of America Save Your Country. Buy War Savings Stamps.
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    • Samuel P. Hayes Research Library, Perkins School for the Blind, Watertown, MA. Contact host institution for more information.
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  • "You buy a Liberty Bond lest I perish," 1917. To publicize the first bond drive, three posters were initially prepared, and each of them featured the Statue of Liberty. War loan posters were the largest category of posters produced during the war. The loan campaigns placed less emphasis on the investment value than on the opportunity for civilians to aid the war effort directly. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library via Digital Commonwealth.

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    You buy a Liberty Bond lest I perish
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    • 1917
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    • Macauley, C. R. (Charles Raymond), 1871-1934
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    • Image of Statue of Liberty pointing outward in an effort to encourage U.S. citizens to buy government bonds during wartime. Logo beside title says, "Get behind the government. Liberty Loan of 1917. To publicize the first bond drive, three posters wer... more
      Image of Statue of Liberty pointing outward in an effort to encourage U.S. citizens to buy government bonds during wartime. Logo beside title says, "Get behind the government. Liberty Loan of 1917. To publicize the first bond drive, three posters were initially prepared, and each of them featured the Statue of Liberty. War loan posters were the largest category of posters produced during the war. The loan campaigns placed less emphasis on the investment value than on the opportunity for civilians to aid the war effort directly. less
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  • "Members of Junior Red Cross" knitting, ca. 1918. Courtesy of the Cary Memorial Library via Digital Commonwealth.

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    Members of Junior Red Cross, ca.1918
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    • 1914-1918
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    • A photo of some Junior Red Cross members knitting. Title from item. On item: Hancock. Date supplied by cataloger.
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To appease citizens who balked at the idea of increased taxes from the United States' involvement in the war, President Wilson began a bond campaign to fund military efforts and ease the burden to the taxpayer. The war bonds campaign raised nearly 21 billion dollars over the course of the conflict.

The campaign targeted women in particular, with the organization of bonds run by women’s clubs, the YWCA, and the Red Cross, which had wide female support. The Red Cross alone blossomed from a mere 267 chapters nationwide to a staggering 2,300 over a few months in 1917, with volunteering women attending chapters to package supplies and produce clothes for the soldiers.