Third Liberty Loan Pin

Third Liberty Loan Pin

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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).
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Object Name
Celluloid Pin
date made
Whitehead & Hoag Company
place made
United States: New Jersey, Newark
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (overall material)
overall: 5 cm x 1.5 cm; 1 15/16 in x 9/16 in
overall: 2 in x 1 3/16 in x 1/8 in; 5.08 cm x 3.01625 cm x.3175 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Liberty Bell
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Just yesterday, my students found a Third Liberty Loan pin like this (minus the ribbon) under the floorboards of a closet in our 1913 NYC public school building. We have been excavating artifacts for two years, and this is one of several WWI-era items we have found. It's exciting to see that there is an example in the Smithsonian collection!
Yours is complete with ribbons, beautiful. I found one under a 1940 farm house built by two farmers, one a mechanical engineer, in about 1995. I have no information on how the pin was abandoned under that house but it was likely during construction. So 23 years after the event, someone lost that pin either building or later crawling under the house where I now live.
"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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