Liberty Loan Pin

Description (Brief)
Round Liberty Loan pin with metal pin-back. The pin is blue with a white “V” in the center. White text reads “Liberty Loan.” A red, white, and blue plastic ribbon is attached to the pin. Blue text on the white portion reads “Volunteer.”
Liberty Loans were part of the U.S. government’s effort 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 First Liberty Bond Act was passed by Congress on April 24, 1917, 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.
SOURCE:
Treasury Department, Liberty Loan Acts (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1921). books.google.com/books?id=4qFAAAAAYAAJ.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
button
date made
1917
maker
American Art Works
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1.8 cm x 5 cm; 11/16 in x 1 15/16 in
place made
United States: Ohio, Coshocton
ID Number
2006.0098.0266
accession number
2006.0098
catalog number
2006.0098.0266
subject
Advertising
Military
Clothing & Accessories
World War I Pins & Buttons
event
World War I
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
World War I Pins & Buttons
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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