Help Them - Keep Your War Savings Pledge - Issued By U.S. Treasury Dept.Artist(s)Casper EmersonObject Creation Datecirca 1917Medium & Supportcolor lithograph on paperDimensions
36 1/16 x 24 1/16 in. (91.5 x 61 cm)Credit LineGift of Mr. Maurice F. LyonsLabel copy
Emerson's design for "Help Them" was a prize winner in a poster competition held during 1917 in order to promote the War Savings Stamp campaign which was launched in that same year. This campaign was an attempt to get the public to invest their money, even in small amounts, in government war stamps which would provide revenue for essential military industries and divert excess funds from creating a demand for and being wasted on nonessential luxury items. The stamps were sold in the form of 25 cent thrift stamps and five dollar war savings stamps, the latter being pictured in Emerson's design.
This poster is an effective one in that it graphically shows the relation between one's investment in war stamps and one's contribution to the men fighting on the front. This is done artistically by showing the five dollar stamps in the foreground gradually merging with the machine gun cartridges used by the soldiers at the top of the design.Primary Object ClassificationPrintCollection AreaModern and ContemporaryRights
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World War I
modern and contemporary art