There is one front and one battle where everyone in the United States—every man, woman, and child—is in action and will be privileged to remain in action throughout this war. That front is right here at home, in our daily lives and in our daily tasks. Here at home everyone will have the privilege of making whatever self-denial is necessary, not only to supply our fighting men, but to keep the economic structure of our country fortified and secure during the war and after the war.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s radio broadcast to the nation, April 28, 1942

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Bond Rally



Everyone loves going
to a war bond rally.
When Hedy Lamarr is
giving kisses for bonds
who wouldn’t pay $18.75
for a note that will be
worth $25.00 ten years
from now?

Big-star bond drives
happen in California.
In this eastern city,
we get circus clowns.
No matter, bonds sold
by clowns, and bonds
sold by stars, both
keep our boys flying.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved. Photo courtesy Library of Congress. Poster stamp from author's collection. Poster courtesy University of Maryland.

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