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The Squander Bug character first appeared in British World War II propaganda to discourage careless spending. American posters, like this one, encouraged citizens to spend their money on war bonds to help fund the war effort. Bonds issued by the government helped finance military expenses and were also a way to remove money from circulation to help control inflation.




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In late 2018, I decided to again search for information about the poster. Within seconds of initiating an online search, I was astounded by the volume of information referring both to the airman and the artist. As it turns out, the chief reason I was unable to find out anything about the airman is because his surname may be Deiz not Diez. The majority of the references I came across, though, seemed to prefer the spelling Diez. The artist, if named, is usually identified as Betsy Graves Reyneau. Mrs. Reyneau is widely recognized for painting a series of oil portraits of distinguished African Americans. A suffragette, she is also known for her involvement in social causes outside of the art world.


Several sources identify Robert William Deiz as the airman in the Keep us flying! Buy War Bonds poster. Indeed a gentleman with that name was a Tuskegee Airman. He was born on June 17, 1919, in Portland, Oregon. Further research revealed that he was the first of the two sons of Elnora and William Deiz. William Carlos Deiz (1881-1950) emigrated form from Kingston, Jamaica and Elnora Nonie Foster (1888-1975) was originally from Hastings, Nebraska. They married in 1918 in Vancouver, Washington. U.S. census records suggest that Elnora and her parents relocated to Portland sometime after 1910; while U.S. naturalization documents indicate that William Deiz, a waiter on the railroad, was living in Portland possibly as early as 1913.


Based on all of the information found, Lt. Deiz appears to very likely be the airman in the poster. For me questions still remained. Is he positively the airman in the poster? What about the spelling of the name? Wanting to be as certain as possible, I continued to search for answers.


Guns, tanks, and bombs were the principal weapons of World War II, but there were other, more subtle forms of warfare as well. Words, posters, and films waged a constant battle for the hearts and minds of the American citizenry just as surely as military weapons engaged the enemy. Persuading the American public became a wartime industry, almost as important as the manufacturing of bullets and planes. The Government launched an aggressive propaganda campaign with clearly articulated goals and strategies to galvanize public support, and it recruited some of the nation's foremost intellectuals, artists, and filmmakers to wage the war on that front. Posters are the focus of this online exhibit, based on a more extensive exhibit that was presented in the National Archives Building in Washington, DC, from May 1994 to February 1995. It explores the strategies of persuasion as evidenced in the form and content of World War II posters. Quotes from official manuals and public leaders articulate how the Government sought to rally public opinion in support of the war's aims; quotes from popular songs and sayings attest to the success of the campaign that helped to sustain the war effort throughout the world-shaking events of World War II.


Masculine strength was a common visual theme in patriotic posters. Pictures of powerful men and mighty machines illustrated America's ability to channel its formidable strength into the war effort. American muscle was presented in a proud display of national confidence.


A study of commercial posters undertaken by the U.S. Government found that images of women and children in danger were effective emotional devices. The Canadian poster at right was part of the study and served as a model for American posters, such as the one below, that adopted a similar visual theme.


Public relations specialists advised the U.S. Government that the most effective war posters were the ones that appealed to the emotions. The posters shown here played on the public's fear of the enemy. The images depict Americans in imminent danger-their backs against the wall, living in the shadow of Axis domination.


Concerns about national security intensify in wartime. During World War II, the Government alerted citizens to the presence of enemy spies and saboteurs lurking just below the surface of American society. "Careless talk" posters warned people that small snippets of information regarding troop movements or other logistical details would be useful to the enemy. Well-meaning citizens could easily compromise national security and soldiers' safety with careless talk.


The Government tried to identify the most effective poster style. One government-commissioned study concluded that the best posters were those that made a direct, emotional appeal and presented realistic pictures in photographic detail. The study found that symbolic or humorous posters attracted less attention, made a less favorable impression, and did not inspire enthusiasm. Nevertheless, many symbolic and humorous posters were judged to be outstanding in national poster competitions during the war.


This online exhibit features 11 posters, 2 audio files and a video from a more extensive exhibition that was on view at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, from May 1994 to February 1995. Like the original, this exhibit is divided into two parts, which represent two psychological approaches used in rallying public support for World War II.


This poster was printed and issued by the U.S. Treasury in 1943. The poster depicts a Russian woman in tears standing amid ruins. Its message is quite clear: during war time all must sacrifice, some more than others. The purpose of this image was to provide Americans on the home front with some perspective, and encourage them to invest in war bonds in an effort to support the war effort.The artist, Roger Couillard (1910-1999), was a well-known Canadian poster artist recognized for his travel posters and ads for the Canadian Pacific Railway.This is an Original Vintage Poster; it is not a reproduction. This poster is conservation mounted, linen backed, and in excellent condition. We guarantee the authenticity of all of our posters.


We only deal in original vintage posters, never reproductions. This means that every poster is from the original print run, in the year listed in the description. Everything we sell comes with an individually signed certificate of authenticity, which we fully guarantee.


If there's anything you want to know about posters, vintage or more modern, there's nothing Mr Ross doesn't know. His open and friendly manner helps one to choose the most suitable material whether for decoration, investment or whatever... I can't recommend him highly enough.


Just wanted to say thanks for the poster. You sent it on Thursday and it was delivered the following Monday (nearly quicker than it took us to get home) to our house in Perth, Australia. We have just had it framed. We love it; it goes perfectly with the room.


The Ross Gallery has the best selection of vintage posters I have ever seen. Seriously, if you are in the market, they are the people. And, they know everything there is to know about the posters' provenance.


The scene depicts soldiers storming a beach with rifles bayonetted and under the cover of a machine gunner. Smoking battleships are visible in the background as a large air force squadron flies overhead in support of the ground troops. The message is simple and straight forward, support our offensive efforts by purchasing war bonds.


Condition: This poster is in A condition. originally issued folded, now flat and unbacked. The image is vivid and clean. One very small tear is apparent in the top left margin that has been reinforced on the verso. This poster may be linen backed for an additional cost.


War bonds (sometimes referred to as Victory bonds, particularly in propaganda) are debt securities issued by a government to finance military operations and other expenditure in times of war without raising taxes to an unpopular level. They are also a means to control inflation by removing money from circulation in a stimulated wartime economy.[1] War bonds are either retail bonds marketed directly to the public or wholesale bonds traded on a stock market. Exhortations to buy war bonds have often been accompanied by appeals to patriotism and conscience. Retail war bonds, like other retail bonds, tend to have a yield which is below that offered by the market and are often made available in a wide range of denominations to make them affordable for all citizens.


Governments throughout history have needed to borrow money to fight wars. Traditionally they dealt with a small group of rich financiers such as Jakob Fugger and Nathan Rothschild, but no particular distinction was made between debt incurred in war or peace. An early use of the term "war bond" was for the $11 million raised by the US Congress in an Act of 14 March 1812, to fund the War of 1812, but this was not aimed at the general public. Until July 2015, perhaps the oldest bonds still outstanding as a result of war were the British Consols, some of which were the result of the refinancing of incurring debts during the Napoleonic Wars, but these were redeemed following the passing of the Finance Act 2015.[2][3]


The government of Austria-Hungary knew from the early days of the First World War that it could not count on advances from its principal banking institutions to meet the growing costs of the war. Instead, it implemented a war finance policy modeled upon that of Germany:[4] in November 1914, the first funded loan was issued.[5] As in Germany, the Austro-Hungarian loans followed a prearranged plan and were issued at half yearly intervals every November and May. The first Austrian bonds paid 5% interest and had a five-year term. The smallest bond denomination available was 100 kronen.[5] 041b061a72


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