The “Fight or Buy Bonds – Third Liberty Loan” propaganda poster was used during World War 1 to encourage the purchase of war bonds. War bonds were government issued debt that was used to finance the war effort. Their purchase was usually encourage through intensive and persuasive propaganda campaigns. They were sold during World War 1 and World War 2.
This poster depicts a woman flying the U.S. flag with hundreds of U.S. soldiers behind her rushing into battle. The women is said to signify “America” as she waves the flag. The poster proudly declares “Fight or buy war bonds”, it asks those at home either to fight or buy war bonds to support the war effort.
The poster was designed by Howard Christy Chandler, who was a well known artist and illustrator during the period. He even created what came to be known as the Christy Girl. Some of his other posters from World War 1 include the “If you want to fight, join the marines” poster and the “Gee! I wish I were a man” poster. This poster is part of our War bonds poster collection.