You Buy a Liberty Bond Poster
- Artist: C. R. Macauley
- 20 X 28 inches
The “You buy a liberty bond–Lest I Perish” poster was used during World War 1 to encourage the purchase of war bonds (known at the time as liberty bonds) to help fund the U.S. war effort.
A Liberty Bond was a war bond sold in the United States to support the allied cause in World War I. Subscribing to the bonds became a symbol of patriotic duty in the United States and introduced the idea of financial securities to many citizens for the first time.
During World War I, many branches of the federal government used posters to urge Americans to support the war effort. In a time without radio, TV, or the Internet, posters were an inexpensive way to deliver powerful messages to millions of people. The government hired well-known artists to create designs that unified the American people. Posters continued to be published during World War II, and new posters are still in production. The National Archives holds close to 20,000 posters produced by military and civilian agencies.