Honor Button

Title Honor Button
Date 1917
Format 11 x 14 in
Description This poster for the U.S. Department of the Treasury invites viewers to take pride in the Allied victory overseas by purchasing Victory Liberty Loans, the fifth, and final, bond issued for WWI. Victory bonds were designed specifically to pay remaining war debts, and like previous campaigns, participation was rewarded with guaranteed interest, and a commemorative button. Producing unique buttons for each bond drive was an ingenious strategy to make supporting the war a fashion statement, and this poster promotes the sale of Victory Liberty Loans by displaying an enlarged blue and white pin with the words “HONOR BUTTON” written at the top. On its own, the phrase “HONOR BUTTON” is not especially clear, but beneath the pin lies an explanation from Treasury Secretary Carter Glass that reads: “Every American should consider it an honor to wear this button.”
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