Keep these off the U.S.A : Buy more liberty bonds

Place North & Central America: United States of America
Accession Number ARTV05605
Collection type Art
Measurement sheet: 97 x 74 cm
Object type Poster
Physical description chromolithograph on paper
Maker Norton, John
US Government
The Strobridge Litho. Co. Cincinnati & New York
Place made United States of America
Date made 1917
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


American First World War poster issued to promote the sale of Liberty Bonds. It features a striking modernist image in the upper half of a pair of jack boots dripping with bright red blood. On the upper section of the boots the national crest of Germany is visible. The title text ' Keep these off the USA' printed in black ink highlighted with grey ink is positioned the lower half. Both the image and text are set against a white background. Designed to encourage subscriptions through fear the poster effectively warns of the fate of Americans should Germany win the war. The poster was designed by John Warner Norton (1876-1934) and published by the United States Department of Treasury. Norton was an American muralist and easel artist who pioneered the field in the United States. He studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago (1897, 1899–1901 and was influenced by the Armory Show and the Japanese printmaker Katsushika Hokusai.