This image intentionally plays on the fears of the American people. The vulnerable naked female child with her shoes still on suggests that she had clothes, but they were taken from her. Her shoes are buckled, but her socks are askew lending to the overall state and disarray of the child’s condition. The strong hand of Lady Liberty breaks wraps around the child suggesting safety. The hand holding the torch sits out in front of the child as the flame radiates upward into golden rays drawing attention to the words “Save your Child.” The child’s arm reaches around Lady Liberty’s hand holding it for comfort and security. The slogan and text are designed to instill the fear that one might expect from a dictatorship and assure the American people that “if” they buy War Savings Stamps, they will save their children from poverty and the negative fallout associated with a non-democratic government.
Artistically the nearly monochromatic rendering of the child and Lady Liberty’s hand contrasts against the bright blue sky. The heavy outline on the hand and child draw our attention to those two elements as the key topics of this image and tie them together, suggesting that the hope for this child is with Lady Liberty.