I Own A Liberty Bond Button

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Description (Brief)
Round Liberty Bond button. The button is white and blue with a red border. White print reads “I Own A Liberty Bond” next to an image of the Statue of Liberty.
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
date made
1917-1918
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 2 cm; 13/16 in
overall: 1/8 in x 7/8 in; .3175 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
2006.0098.0310
accession number
2006.0098
catalog number
2006.0098.0310
related event
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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