The “To have and to hold – War bonds” poster was used during World War 2 to encourage the purchase of war bonds by those at home. It depicts a patriotic image of war torn soldier struggling to hold a flag as it is blown in the wind. In the background we see what looks like a grey sky. The image reminds of the soldier battling in a storm.
War bonds were used during both World War 1 and 2 to raise money for those the war effort. These government issued debts were sold to those at home and the money used to pay for supplies for those on the front line. Numerous propaganda posters were produced and circulated during both wars to encourage the sale of these posters. You can see more examples in our War Bonds posters collection.
This poster was designed by Vic Gunnell, not a lot can be found about Gunnell and the work she did before and after this poster.