Third Liberty Loan Pin

Description (Brief)
Round Third Liberty Loan pin with metal pin-back. The pin is blue with a red border. White print reads “Third Liberty Loan.” An image of the Liberty Bell is in the center of the pin. A red, white, and blue plastic ribbon is attached to the pin. Blue text on the white portion reads “Volunteer.”
The Third Liberty Loan was part of the larger effort by the U.S. government to sell war bonds (also known as Liberty Bonds) during World War I to defray the expense of war. These bonds were issued by the U.S. Treasury. The Third Liberty Bond Act was passed by Congress on April 4, 1918, and the bonds began issuance shortly thereafter.
Much like the use of military insignia to identify its wearer (by association with an organization) and his/her achievements, these pins and buttons were meant to be worn by Americans on the home front during World War I to show their membership in an organization and/or their contribution to a particular war effort, such as the United War Work Campaign. The pins and buttons displayed the wearer’s patriotism and generosity and undoubtedly also served to prompt others to become similarly involved in the various war efforts.
Treasury Department, Liberty Loan Acts (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1921).
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
Whitehead & Hoag Company
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
overall: 5 cm x 1.5 cm; 1 15/16 in x 9/16 in
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Liberty Bell
Clothing & Accessories
World War I Pins & Buttons
World War I
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World War I Pins & Buttons
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Visitor Comments

4/2/2016 2:57:50 PM
I found this Third Liberty Loan button and For The Boys Over there United War Work campaign in my grandmothers sewing box. My grandfather, Harry Bernard Quigley was a sailor in WW1. My father, Harry Edward Quigley, was a Captain in the Army in WWII.
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