First World War
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World War One poster encouraging people to buy war savings
British war saving certificates were first issued in 1916 to help fund the First World War.
I particularly like this poster for the savings certificates because it
so clearly illustrates the times - not that that was particularly its
- it is aimed at male manual workers, as most men worked with their hands and were the only wage earners
- the men are lean and muscular
both have typical working clothes, e.g. heavy boots, waistcoat, apron,
flat peaked cap
- lunch - known then as dinner was brought from home in the form of a sandwich
and a metal can of cold tea.
I don't know how successful the posters were for encouraging people to buy the war certificates.
Promoting the WW1 savings certificates
My work on WW1 Officers diaries shows what a hard sell these certificates were to the men in the trenches. There are numerous entries showing how the men were reminded to buy the certificates, the total sold each month, etc and asked to buy more. The Government was not only asking the men to fight but to pay for it as well!
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