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Catalog Number 0001.105
Description War Bond Plaque, c. 1943. This plaque is made of wood and is painted white with a red border and blue background with white stars on the top. It is shaped like a shield with two scallops with three tips. It has a gold outer border around the shield with wooden varnish at the back of the plaque. Within the red border of the plaque, there is a block of text painted in red, blue and gold. Written in red and in bold, the text reads "WAR BOND SALES... / AWARD OF MERIT". The text "WAR BOND SALES", the "A" in the word "AWARD" and "M" in the word "MERIT" are upper cased. Written in red and gold and in italics, the text reads "TROPHY". "T"in the word "TROPHY" is upper cased and the rest of the letters are lower cased. The gold lettering is painted around the word "TROPHY" that is already painted in red. Written in blue, the text reads "THIS PATRIOTIC FIRM... / HAS NOW THE... / THIS WEEK / IN THE / SAN MATEO / MERCHANTS / CONTINUING CAMPAIGN TO SELL MORE / WAR BONDS AND STAMPS / SAN MATEO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / 1943". The words "T" in the phrase "THIS PATRIOTIC FIRM", "S" and "M" in the words "SAN MATEO" and MERCHANTS", and "C" in the phrase "CONTINUING CAMPAIGN" are upper cased in regular font. The "H", "N" and "T" in the phrase "HAS NOW THE", and the "T", "W", and "I" in the phrase "THIS WEEK IN THE" are lower cased in regular font. The words "WAR BONDS AND STAMPS" is in bold except for the word "AND" which is in small lettering. The words "SAN MATEO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE" are italicized, but also smaller than the rest of the text above. At the end of this block of text, the date "1943" is listed, which is also in regular font. At the back of the plaque, it has a wooden varnish with two small metal eye-screws. The two small metal eye-screws are connected to one knotted cotton string used for hanging onto a wall. Also on the back of the wooden plaque is a black iron metal latch with three tiny black screws.
Object Name Plaque
Collection 3D - Ceremonial Objects
Title War Bond Plaque, c. 1943
Date c. 1943
Creator Unknown
Role Artist
Inscription Text "WAR BONDS SALES / TROPHY / THIS PATROTIC FIRM / HAS NOW THE / AWARD OF MERIT / THIS WEEK / IN THE / SAN MATEO / MERCHANTS / CONTINUING CAMPAIGN TO SELL MORE / WAR BONDS AND STAMPS / SAN MATEO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / 1943" (painted in red, blue and gold)
Provenance Memorablia
Notes "A war bond consists of debt securities issued by a government for the purpose of financing military operations during times of war. It is an emotional appeal to patriotic citizens to lend the government their money because these bonds offer a rate of return below the market rate."
[http://www.investopedia.com/terms/w/warbonds.asp-10/13/2016]

"The last time the United States issued war bonds was during World War II, when full employment collided with rationing, and war bonds were seen as a way to remove money from circulation as well as reduce inflation. Issued by the U.S. Government, they were first called Defense Bonds. The name was changed to War Bonds after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941. Known as debt securities for the purpose of financing military operations during war time, the bonds yielded a mere 2.9 percent return after a 10-year maturity. Living in the United States with a median income during World War II meant earning about $2,000 a year. Despite the war’s hardships, 134 million Americans were asked to purchase war bonds to help fund the war. Stamps also could be purchased, starting at 10 cents each, to save toward the bond." [http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1682.html-10/13/2016]


Dimensions H-20.5 W-16.75 D-0.75 inches
Search Terms Plaques
San Mateo
San Mateo Chamber of Commerce
Trophy
Veterans
World War II
World War Two
Subjects California history
Plaques
San Mateo
Veterans
War bonds & funds
World War II