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1940's-era War Bond Pamphlet

"How to get there"


Featuring a letter from then Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau Jr., this WWII-era pamphlet was typical of the type of materials used to encourage American families to purchase U.S. Savings (War) Bonds.


Savings Bond Order Form Fold-out Envelope

Magazine Advertisement for Disney Certificate


This 1940's era advertisement promoted the Disney Savings Bond participation certificate shown above.  The ad includes an application to the War Finance Committee, established in 1943 by then Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr.  The committee was created to coordinate the sale of war bonds during the remainder of the war. 

1940's  Voice-O-Graph Recording


Voice-O-Graphs were a mid-century method of recording personal greetings on small phonographic discs. This was used during the Second World War as a method of sending messages between American troops and their families.  This example, compliments of GEM brand razors, features photographs of Army and Navy servicemen making their recordings on the reverse.

This recording was sponsored by the American Safety Razor Corporation, Brooklyn, NY

1944 Fourth War Loan Window Decal


Although War Bonds were sold throughout WWII, the Treasury had bond drives to promote the sale of these securities.  The "4th War Loan" bond drive lasted just over a month. It took place from January 18th through February 15th, 1944, and raised over $16 billion.

1944 Sixth War Loan Exhibit Ticket


This exhibit, in conjunction with the 6th War Loan Drive, invited the public to view the U.S. Navy's equipment at the Chicago Naval Pier.  The 6th War Loan drive raised over $21 billion, and took place between November 2 through December 16, 1944.

Defense & War Savings Bond Record Envelopes


These wartime Savings Bond record envelopes were printed and distributed throughout the nation by various businesses, often banking institutions.  Varying in design and size, they provided a way households could organize their savings bonds

Distributed by the Old Colony Co-Operative Bank & The Industrial Trust Co. of Providence, RI

"Make Good That Pledge!" Advertising Card


This Savings Bond pledge reminder was distributed by the Dime Savings Bank of New York.  Of note is the original text of the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the 1954 Congressional change adding "under God" to the wording.

Distributed by the Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, NY

1952 "Invest More In Defense Bonds" Pamphlet


This post-war pamphlet was distributed by the Treasury to encourage the sale of Series E, H, J & K Defense (Savings) Bonds.

Printed by the Government Printing Office

1968 Post Office Savings Bond Award Decal

Printed by Pottersign Inc., Massachusetts

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