U.S. First Day Cover Cachet Display Catalog:
World War II Poster Stamps

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by Douglas H. Henkle, AFDCS LM #137, henkle@pobox.com

(last updated .08-02-2023)

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      This page displays all 19 sets of World War II Poster Stamps with war related themes that I know about, and that were published in the U.S. Some of these poster stamps have been applied to World War II era FDC's, some have been used as part of the designs of World War II Patriotic Covers listed by Lawrence Sherman, and some have not been seen attached to any canceled cover. The sets with no separate page for them, yet, are still works-in-progress. Except as noted with {...}, special stamp albums were published to house each set of stamps, including one set spread out over six albums. FYI: All PDF files on this page were created (using the .jpg files I scanned) by the free on-line software: "Merge PDF Files Online" by Sejda.

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      Also included on this page is information about one set of Poster Stamps issued for the 1939 New York World's Fair which were also overprinted for the 1940 New York World's Fair.

World War II Patriotic Poster Stamps (mostly not attached to FDC's):
  1. #Adpress -- Adpress, Baltimore, MD Poster Stamps (1942)
          From the Hakes 7-18-2012 auction lot description: Each is 1.75x2". Each stamp has 1942 copyright "The Adpress Baltimore." Morry Greener Collection. {Per the Feb. 1942 issue of the Poster Stamp Bulletin, there were 6 poster stamps in this set, so it is unlikely an album was ever made for these stamps. As I have seen only one of these stamps on a 1942-1945 cover, no separate page is planned for these stamps.}
          Also displayed is a 1917 WW I ad from this printing company located at 28-30 S. Paca St. This company was owned by Baltimore Talking Board Factory, which was located next door at 36-38 S. Paca St, Baltimore, MD .
    Adpress Poster Stamp Adpress Poster Stamp Adpress Poster Stamp Adpress Poster Stamp Adpress Poster Stamp Adpress Poster Stamp Adpress 1917 propoganda advertisement Poster Stamp Bulletin, Feb. 1942, p. 5 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Feb. 1942, p. 5
    The only cover I have seen with one of these stamps.
    Adpress Poster Stamp on cover
          Google Streets: Image capture: Aug. 2022 © 2022 Google -- 38 S. Paca St. -- 36 S. Paca St., from the alley to the next street, where 28-30 S. Paca St. was in 1942, is now a parking garage -- Google Map of the area.
    Google Streets, Baltimore Talking Board Factory, 38 S. Paca St. Google Streets, Baltimore Talking Board Factory, 36 S. Paca St. Google Map, 36 S. Paca St.
  2. #AFSF -- "American Flying Services Foundation" Poster Stamps (1942)
          This 8" x 19-3/4" AFSF complete sheet I own, although intact, is in very poor shape with numerous tears and perforation separations. {With only 5 different stamps per sheet of 50, it is unlikely an abum was ever made for these stamps. As I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover, no separate page is planned for these stamps.}
    American Flying Services Foundation Poster Stamp #1 American Flying Services Foundation Poster Stamp #2 American Flying Services Foundation Poster Stamp #3 American Flying Services Foundation Poster Stamp #4 American Flying Services Foundation Poster Stamp #5 American Flying Services Foundation Poster Stamp, top half of sheet of 50 American Flying Services Foundation Poster Stamp, bottom half of sheet of 50
  3. #A4V -- Artists for Victory (A4V) Poster Stamp Covers -- These stamps have been seen on many 1942-1945 covers.
          A4V {I have not seen an album for these stamps. However, the back of each stamp states: "For the complete collection, with special mounting, send One Dollar." I have seen no example of this "special mounting".}
    Artists for Victory Poster Stamp #1 of 50 Artists for Victory Poster Stamp #1 back Poster Stamp Bulletin, Jun. 1943, p. 1
    12-1/2 x 19-1/2 complete sheet, front and back (each in 6 parts, because I cannot scan the entire sheet in one scan.)
    Artists for Victory Poster Stamps Artists for Victory Poster Stamps Artists for Victory Poster Stamps     Artists for Victory Poster Stamps back Artists for Victory Poster Stamps back Artists for Victory Poster Stamps back
    Artists for Victory Poster Stamps Artists for Victory Poster Stamps Artists for Victory Poster Stamps     Artists for Victory Poster Stamps back Artists for Victory Poster Stamps back Artists for Victory Poster Stamps back
    Artists for Victory Poster Stamps Artists for Victory Poster Stamps
    Artists for Victory Poster Stamps back Artists for Victory Poster Stamps back
  4. #C-I -- "Combat Insignia" Poster Stamps -- These stamps have been seen on many 1942-1945 covers.
  5. #FWP -- "Famous War Posters" Poster Stamps -- These stamps have been seen on many 1942-1945 covers.

          FWP complete 16 page album scan (14 MB PDF/OCR) -- with all 50 stamps
    Famous War Posters Poster Stamps Album Famous War Posters Poster Stamp #47 of 50
  6. #F-A -- "Fighting Americans" Poster Stamps -- These stamps have been seen on many 1942-1945 covers.

          F-A complete 24 page album scan (16 MB PDF/OCR) -- with all 20 stamps
    Fighting Americans Poster Stamps Album Fighting Americans Poster Stamp #1 of 20 Fighting Americans Poster Stamp #2 of 20 Fighting Americans Sheet of 20 Poster Stamps Poster Stamp Bulletin, Aug. 1943, p. 1
  7. #TBoNS -- "Fighting Ships of the U.S.A.: Tydol Book of Navy Stamps" -- I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover.

          TBoNS complete 24 page album scan (24 MB PDF/OCR) -- with all 40 stamps
    Fighting Ships of the U.S.A.: Tydol Book of Navy Poster Stamps Album Fighting Ships of the U.S.A.: Tydol Book of Navy Stamps Poster Stamp #1 of 40
  8. #H-A -- "Heroic Americans" Poster Stamps -- These stamps have been seen on many 1942-1945 covers.

          H-A complete scanned sheet TBA (I don't have a copy of this album.)
    Heroic Americans Poster Stamps Album Heroic Americans Poster Stamp #1 of 30 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Feb. 1942, p. 1 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Feb. 1942, p. 1
  9. #Seagram -- Seagram-Distillers Corp. Poster Stamps (4 stamps)
          {With only 4 different stamps per sheet of 16, it is unlikely an album was ever made for these stamps. As I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover, no separate page is planned for these stamps.}
          Per the Oct. 1942 issue of the Poster Stamp Bulletin, there was a second set of four "Loose Lips" stamps, but I can't find any examples of them. All I found was a Seagram poster that looks like it was the source of their "Stop Rumors" stamp, and a second Seagram poster reproduced on a postcard.
    Seagram-Distillers Corp. Poster Stamps Seagram-Distillers Corp. Poster Seagram-Distillers Corp. Poster issued as a postcard Seagram-Distillers Corp. Poster issued as a postcard Poster Stamp Bulletin, Oct. 1942, p. 6 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Oct. 1942, p. 6 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Oct. 1942, p. 4
  10. #SotN -- "Ships of the Navy Stamp Album - Complete the Fleet!" Poster Stamps -- I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover.

          SotN complete 20 page album scan (16 MB PDF/OCR) -- with 20 of the 32 stamps
    Ships of the Navy Stamp Album for Poster Stamps Ships of the Navy Stamp Poster Stamp #1 of 32
  11. #S-H -- "Sky Heroes" Poster Stamps produced by Sinclair Oil Company -- I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover.

          S-H complete scanned album TBA -- 20 stamps
    Sky Heroes Poster Stamps Album Sky Heroes Poster Stamps #1 of 20 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Dec. 1944, p. 1
  12. #So42 -- "The Spirit of '42" Poster Stamps -- These stamps have been seen on many 1942-1945 covers.

          So42 complete 16 page album scan (14 MB PDF/OCR) -- with all 48 stamps
    The Spirit of '42 Poster Stamps Album front cover The Spirit of '42 Poster Stamps Album back cover The Spirit of '42 Poster Stamp #1 of 48 The Spirit of '42 Poster Stamp #2 of 48 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Apr. 1942, p. 1 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Apr. 1942, p. 1 The Spirit of '42 Poster Stamp1 #1 and #37 The Spirit of '42 Poster Stamp1 #1 and #48
          This related label is an add-on to a pre-war 4-03-1938 (U.S.S. Portland) cover. It is the same eagle that appears on the back of the album. I have not seen another copy of this label.
    The Spirit of '42 Eagle design on the album's back cover    Related label add-on to a pre-war 4-03-1938 cover with a pictorial Nanco cachet
          The following scans are courtesy of Steve Shay (USCS). These covers were published by Nanco, Inc. of Long Beach, CA. "Nanco commercially printed stationery for use with clipper mail by sailors and also a couple of envelopes for use by the fleet when training in Cuban waters. ... There were about a half dozen designs."
    Unserviced cover with pictorial Nanco cachet    Unserviced cover with a pictorial Nanco cachet    Unserviced cover with a pictorial Nanco cachet
          The following scans are the same as the unused designs above, but serviced. However, the third covers show two different styles of Air Mail border, the text below the cachets is different and in a different color, one cover has "Via Clipper Mail" in red below the stamp and the other has "Via Air Mail" in blue, and one cover has an outline of the U.S. and the other doesn't. -- 4-03-1938 (U.S.S. Portland) -- 6-03-1937 (city?) -- 4-08-1940 (U.S.S. Nashville) -- (all eBay)
    Related label add-on to a pre-war U.S.S. Portland 4-03-1938 cover with a pictorial Nanco cachet    Unserviced cover with pictorial Nanco cachet    Pre-war 6-03-1937 cover with pictorial Nanco cachet    U.S.S. Nashville 4-08-1940 cover with a pictorial Nanco cachet
  13. #TFAS -- "Tydol Flying A Stamp Album of American Aviation" Poster Stamps -- I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover.

          TFAS complete 24 page album scan (19 MB PDF/OCR) -- with all 48 stamps

          TFAS complete 24 page album scan (17 MB PDF/OCR) -- with no stamps
    Tydol Flying A Stamp Album of American Aviation Poster Stamps Tydol Flying A Stamps of American Aviation Poster Stamp #32 of 48 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Dec. 1940, p. 6 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Dec. 1940, p. 6
  14. #WAoVB -- "War Album of Victory Battles" Poster Stamps produced by General Mills -- I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover.

          WAoVB complete scanned album TBA -- 20 stamps
    War Album of Victory Battles Poster Stamps Album front cover War Album of Victory Battles Poster Stamp #1 of 20 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Apr. 1945, p. 1 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Jun. 1945, p. 3 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Jun. 1945, p. 3
  15. #Victory -- "Victory" Poster Stamps (per eBay: "1940's Complete Album Of 23 Combat Stamps") -- I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover.

          Victory complete scanned album TBA -- 20 stamps
    Victory Poster Stamps Album Victory Poster Stamp #1 of 23
  16. #WPotW -- "War Planes of the World" Poster Stamps -- I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover.

          WPotW complete 20 page album scan (1.5 MB PDF/OCR) -- with 24 of the 32 stamps
    War Planes of the World Stamp Album for Poster Stamps War Planes of the World Poster Stamp #1 of 32
  17. #Your10 -- "Your 10% Plus" Poster Stamps (6 stamps)
          {I have not seen an album for these stamps. As I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover, no separate page is planned for these stamps.}
    See: The Stamp Forum
    Your 10% Plus Poster Stamps Your 10% Plus Poster Stamps
  18. #Unnamed1 -- Unnamed #1 sheet of 10 Poster Stamps published by Poster Stamp Publishing Company. The only marking on them is "GLCO." and I don't know what that refers to. {It is unlikely an album was ever made for these stamps. As I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover, no separate page is planned for these stamps.}
    unknown sheet of 10 Poster Stamps, marked GLCO.    unknown sheet of 10 Poster Stamps, marked GLCO. Poster Stamp Bulletin, Aug. 1942, p. 3 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Aug. 1942, p. 3
  19. #UPRR -- Union Pacific Railroad #1 sheet of 6 Poster Stamps. {It is unlikely an abum was ever made for these stamps. As I haven't seen any of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover, no separate page is planned for these stamps.}
    Unidentified Keep 'em Rolling Poster Stamp 6 different Unidentifed Poster Stamps Poster Stamp Bulletin, Oct. 1942, p. 1 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Oct. 1942, p. 1
          Union Pacific Railroad #2 set of 4 Poster Stamps.
    See: The Stamp Forum
    Unidentified Keep 'em Rolling Poster Stamp Unidentified Keep 'em Rolling Poster Stamp Unidentified Keep 'em Rolling Poster Stamp Unidentified Keep 'em Rolling Poster Stamp Poster Stamp Bulletin, Aug. 1943, p. 2 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Aug. 1943, p. 2
          Union Pacific Railroad other similarly designed posters. I don't know if they were ever published as Poster Stamps.
    Unidentified Keep 'em Rolling Poster Stamp Unidentified Keep 'em Rolling Poster Stamp Unidentified Keep 'em Rolling Poster Stamp
  20. #Unidentified -- Unidentified war themed Poster Stamps from other possible multi-design sets. -- Except as shown, I haven't seen any other of these stamps on any 1942-1945 cover. As I can't identify any stamp in this section, I have no proof that they were all printed and sold in the U.S. during World War II, and not in some other country or some other time period.
    Unidentified Poster Stamp on 10-08-1943 unidentified cachet Unidentified Poster Stamp on 5-29-1944 uncacheted cover Unidentifed Poster Stamps Unidentifed Poster Stamps Unidentifed Poster Stamps Unidentifed Poster Stamps Unidentifed Poster Stamps Unidentifed Poster Stamps    4 differentUnidentifed Poster Stamps Poster Stamp Bulletin, Feb. 1943, p. 5    Unidentifed Poster Stamp 8 different Unidentifed Poster Stamps 8 different Unidentifed Poster Stamps    Unidentifed Poster Stamps Unidentifed Poster Stamps The original poster that was the source of the Unidentifed Poster Stamp Detail of the The original poster that was the source of the Unidentifed Poster Stamp   
          These are single stamps. I don't know whether they are one of a set, or if they were issued in a sheet where every stamp was the same, like the first two examples shown.
    Unidentifed Poster Stamps    Unidentifed Poster Stamps    Unidentifed Poster Stamp    Unidentifed Poster Stamp    Unidentifed Poster Stamp    Unidentifed Poster Stamp    Unidentifed Poster Stamp    Unidentifed Poster Stamp The original poster that was the source of the Unidentifed Poster Stamp    Unidentifed Poster Stamp    Unidentifed Poster Stamp    Unidentifed Poster Stamp    Unidentifed Poster Stamp   
    Single stamps deleted from the above section because I found they are not part of a multi-design set:
    See: The Stamp Forum
    Previously unidentifed Poster Stamp (British American Ambulance Corps) Sheet of 50 previously unidentifed Poster Stamps Poster Stamp Bulletin, Dec. 1942, p. 1 Poster Stamp Bulletin, Dec. 1942, p. 1

  21.       The ArtSwallow Store website shows over 250 different World War II Posters. How many were also published as Poster Stamps during 1940-1945?
          Thanks to the The Stamp Forum (TSF) / CINDERELLAS / Propaganda and Patriotic Cinderellas for some of the poster stamps displayed above.

    Other non- World War II Poster Stamps of interest to me:

  22. #1939WF -- 1939 New York World's Fair Poster Stamps (54 different) -- many of which appear on Planty listed #853 FDC's.
          Actually there are 108 different Poster Stamps, because left over sheets of stamps were overprinted for the 1940 New York World's Fair. So far, I have not seen any of these overprints on any FDC or any other 1940 or later cover.
          My only interest in these stamps is because they are pictured for Planty Numbers 16, 17, 18, 19, 62 and 102 on pages 31-33, 44 and 51 of Planty Photo Encyclopedia of Cacheted First Day Covers, 2nd edition, Volume XVI, 1939 (2004). There are numerous other Poster Stamps issued for the 1939 and 1940 New York World's Fairs which are unknown on any FDC's, so I have no interest in them. Specifically designed for using these Poster Stamps, four different #853 FDC cachets are shown here.
     Poster Stamps  Poster Stamps  Poster Stamps  Poster Stamps

    1939 New York World's Fair Poster Stamps on #853 FDC's
          The above page, in addition to displaying every #853 First Day Cover I have seen that includes a 1939 Poster Stamp, also displays every individual overprinted 1940 Poster Stamp, none of which have been seen on any canceled cover, FDC or otherwise.
          There is also a project that I have not even started, and I probably won't do it. Pages 68, 78 and 90-93 of Planty's 2nd ed. Volume XVI shows ten #854 First Day Covers with a 1939 Poster Stamp. I have not seen a single example of any of these covers.

          1939 New York World's Fair Poster Stamps - complete scanned sheet {I don't believe an album was ever made for these stamps.}
    1939 New York World's Fair Sheet of 54 Poster Stamps

          1940 New York World's Fair Poster Stamps Overprint - complete scanned sheet TBA {I don't believe an album was ever made for these stamps. I haven't seen any of these overprinted stamps on any canceled cover.}

  23. #Laird -- Clarence E., and Eugene C., Laird Poster Stamps -- I have seen 11 different sheets of Poster Stamps by the Lairds, but I haven't seen any of these stamps on any canceled cover.
          My primary interests in the Lairds are their 1935-1937 "Winding Trails Magazine", and their 1929-1937 First Day Cover cachets. Their First and Last Cachets are shown here.
    Poster Stamps by Clarence E. Laird and Eugene C. Laird Poster Stamps by Clarence E. Laird and Eugene C. Laird    U.S. Scott #680-6 - Clarence E. Laird and Eugene C. Laird First Cachet U.S. Scott #802-70a - Clarence E. Laird and Eugene C. Laird Last Cachet

  24. #AHSC -- American-Hawaiian Steamship Company Poster Stamps -- I haven't seen any of these stamps on any canceled cover.
          My primary interest in this company is that someone serviced their business Corner Cards as First Day Covers. One example is shown here.
    American-Hawaiian Steamship Company cinderella stamps    U.S. Scott #933 - American-Hawaiian Steamship Company FDC Corner Card

#References
Articles about WW II Poster Stamps on 1941-1945 FDC's published in FIRST DAYS, Listed in Date of Publication Order: None.

On-line References:
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What's New on this page -- changes since 11-13-2022:
.08-02-2023: -- Bought a PDF conversion program called FlexiPDF and used its OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature to convert all 8 PDF's, "MB PDF", on this page so they are now searchable. The new files have had "-ocr" added to their filenames.
.04-18-2023: -- Added 3 Nanco, Inc. cover scans provided by Steve Shay for the The Spirit of '42 section.
.04-16-2023:
      1) Added 2 more cover scans by unknown Cachetmakers to The Spirit of '42 .
      2) Added a second PDF of an empty Tydol Flying A Stamp Album with no stamps stuck down in it.
.01-30-2023:
      Added a stamp and 3 cover scans to The Spirit of '42 .
01-14-2023:
      Added an Artists for Victory page. Added References for Alphabetilately
01-02-2023:
      Added an Adpress cover scan.
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