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UNITED NATIONS POSTAGE STAMP-ISSUE OF 1943
This stamp was issued to replace the 2-cent National Defense stamp, and as a tribute to the unity with which the liberty-loving nations of the world are marching toward victory over aggressors.
The stamp is 75/100 by 85/100 inch in dimension, arranged vertically. It is printed in red by the rotary process and issued in sheets of 100. The central design, symbolic of Victory, depicts an uplifted palm branch at the apex of a triangular-shaped procession of swords, likewise held upright. In the upper part of the stamp at the right of the central subject is the wording "2 Cents" in white Gothic underneath which, arranged in three lines, is the inscription "United States Postage" in dark Gothic. In a horizontal panel with dark background along the lower edge of the stamp is the wording "Nations United for Victory" in white Gothic lettering.
The stamp was first placed Washington, D.C., on January on sale at 14, 1943.
FOUR FREEDOMS POSTAGE STAMP-ISSUE OF 1943
This stamp was issued to impress upon the public the necessity of spreading the Four Freedoms throughout the world, and to replace the 1-cent National Defense stamp.
The stamp is 75/100 by 85/100 inch in dimensions, arranged vertically. It is printed in green by rotary process and issued in sheets of 100. The central subject, enclosed in an oval-shaped panel, is a reproduction inbas-relief of Liberty holding the lighted Torch of Freedom and Enlightenment. Across the top of the stamp is the inscription reading "U.S. Postage" shown in white architectural Roman on a shaded background. Underneath this inscription, at the left, is the denomination designation "Ic" and in corresponding position but reversed order at the right "c1". Below the central design is a rectangular plaque with white background, in which appears the wording: "Freedom of Speech and Religion, From Want and Fear," in solid Gothic lettering arranged in five lines. In the space at the right and left of the central oval and plaque are shown conventionalized oak leaves, outlined in white.
The stamp was first placed Washington, D.C., on February 12, 1943
OVERRUN COUNTRIES COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS-ISSUE OF 1943-44
The Overrun Countries Series is com. prised of 13 stamps, issued in tribute to the following countries overrun and occupied by the Axis powers: Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Belgium, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, Albania, Austria, Denmark, and Korea.
All of these stamps are of 5-cent denomination, 84/100 by 1 44/100 inches in dimension, arranged horizontally, and issued in sheets of 50 stamps each.
The central subjects, which are surface printed, reproduce in natural colors the flags of the respective countries with the name of the country underneath. Rays of light extend from behind the central subjects to the outer frames. The main frames of the stamps, steel engraved, are printed in purple and depict on the left the phoenix, a mythological bird symbolizing the renewal of life, and on the right, in a corresponding position, a kneeling female figure portraying the breaking of the shackles of oppression and enforced servitude. Both figures are supported by pedestals on which, in oval-shaped panels with dark ground, the numeralS is indicated in white. These pedestals rest on a panel, in which appears the word "Cents" in white-faced Roman. Immediately back of the wording the panel is of a darker shade fading out at each end. Across the top of the stamps are the words "United States Postage" in white-faced Gothic, within a ruled panel with ornamental scroll ends. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Treasury Department, contracted with the American Bank Note Co., New York, N.Y., for printing of these stamps to take advantage of their special multi color printing equipment.
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