Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Great War: May 23, 1917

The front page of the Hudson Evening Register for May 23, 1917, reported that the Elks had voted to canvass their members to raise money to buy Liberty bonds on behalf of the lodge, and the Odd Fellows had agreed to invest $500 in Liberty bonds. An article on page two reported that committees had been formed "to further the Liberty Loan bond sale here." The committees were made up of, and presumably intended to appeal to, Manufacturers (Malcolm and Arthur Gifford were among those serving on this committee), Professional Men (Samuel B. Coffin was one of the men serving on this committee), Business Men (J. Harold Wardle and Stanley B. Marsh were among those serving on this committee), Women and Retired Business Men (there were actually no women on this committee), Farmers (Arthur Farrand was a member of this committee), and Fraternal Organizations. 

Meanwhile, advertisements, such as the one below, which also appeared in the Evening Register for May 23, urged people to demonstrate their patriotism by investing in the war.  


No comments:

Post a Comment