For the Country, My Eyes. For Peace, Your Money
This World War I poster, published in Turin, shows a blinded Italian soldier with bloodstained bandages wrapped around his eyes. Like most belligerents in World War I, Italy had to raise funds to support its war effort by issuing war bonds, which were essentially interest-bearing loans that citizens made to the government. The appeals to patriotism and to the sacrifices by the soldiers at the front are typical of war bond posters produced in Italy and other countries. This poster was created by artist Alfredo Ortelli and advertises the Consolidated Loan of 1918, also known as the Fourth War Loan. This loan paid 5 percent interest per year and had no fixed date of maturity. Bonds were sold in denominations of 100, 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 4,000, 10,000 and 20,000 lire, and could be purchased at branches of the Bank of Italy, the Bank of Naples, the Bank of Sicily, and at other financial institutions. This was the last major bond issued by the Kingdom of Italy during the war.
Atelier Butteri, Turin
Title in Original Language
Per la Patria i miei occhi! Per la Pace il vostro denaro
Type of Item
1 print (poster) : lithograph, color ; 99 x 69 centimeters
- W.B. Hibbs and Company, Bonds of the Kingdom of Italy (Washington, DC: 1920).
Last updated: May 24, 2017