The “Back’em up – Buy extra bonds” poster was used during World War 2 to encourage the purchase of war bonds by those on the home front. The poster features a stoic looking General Dwight D. Eisenhower with a battle scene in the background. Eisenhower holds a map and binoculars in his hand. The image heavily features the tanks, planes and costly destruction of a city associated with war.
War bonds were government issued debt that were sold to citizens to help raise money to fund the war effort. Each issuance of bonds was usually accompanied by propaganda to encourage the purchase of these by citizens. They were issued in the U.S.A during both world war 1 and 2 and you can see all posters in our war bonds posters section.
The “Back’em up – Buy extra bonds” poster was designed by Boris Chaliapin who was a well known illustrator at time,much of his work was featured on Time magazine. The poster asks those at home to back up their soldiers by buying extra war bonds, these war bonds would then be used to fund the fighting on the frontline and keep General Eisenhower and his troops moving forward.