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“Keep Him Free” was one of many posters issued by the U.S. government during World War I to encourage people to buy War Savings Stamps (W.S.S.). W.S.S. could be purchased for 25 cents and, when enough were accumulated, they could be traded in for war bonds. This poster was issued by the United States Treasury Department in 1917. The artist, Charles Livingston Bull, studied taxidermy and was known for his incredible, lifelike illustrations of wildlife. The eagle in this poster standing above enemy plans aims to evoke a sense of patriotism and American superiority. This poster was created and reproduced as a lithograph at the time of its distribution.


WWI, poster, War Savings Stamps, W.S.S., United States Treasury Department, Charles Livingston Bull