Walter Whitehead

1918 Original WWI Poster, We Shall Not Sleep, Liberty Bonds Advertisement, Flanders Fields Poem

$125.00
  • 1918 Original WWI Poster, We Shall Not Sleep, Liberty Bonds Advertisement, Flanders Fields Poem

Walter Whitehead

1918 Original WWI Poster, We Shall Not Sleep, Liberty Bonds Advertisement, Flanders Fields Poem

$125.00

Date: 1918
Size: 12 x 25 inches
Artist: John McCrae (poet)

While "Flanders Fields" is now a significant part of Remembrance Day celebrations and the memory of the First World War more generally, initially, the American government used it as part of their Liberty Bond campaigns, which tied the poem to more of a financial context rather than the historical and emotional tone that contemporary audiences typically attribute to it now.

This poster was intended to promote the purchase of Liberty Bonds, which were war bonds that were 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. The Act of Congress which authorized the Liberty Bonds is still used today as the authority under which all U.S. Treasury bonds are issued.

This stunning piece of war memorabilia is in very good condition and is ready to be framed.