||Remember Belgium. Guy Bonds, Fourth Liberty Loan.
The occupation of Belgium was a major propaganda theme of the First World War. There were horror stories of how the civilian population was treated and, true or not, they became fodder for the persuasion machine that was created to stir up the populace for a variety of causes, most having to do with raising money via bond issues. This especially powerful and frightening image, was created by Ellsworth Young, a Chicago based artist most noted for his paintings of placid landscapes. [excerpted from Heritage auction catalogue #613]
Rawls, p 28