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Postage stamp, 25 centimes, issued by Italy to honor the German-Italian wartime alliance

Object | Accession Number: 2005.375.21

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    Postage stamp, 25 centimes, issued by Italy to honor the German-Italian wartime alliance

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Postage stamp issued by the Fascist government of Italy to celebrate the alliance between Germany and Italy. It depicts Hitler and Mussolini, facing each other in profile, with a German and an Italian soldier in the background. It features the slogan: DUE POPOLI / UNA GUERRA [TWO PEOPLES / ONE WAR].
    Date
    issue:  1941 January 10-1941 April 02
    Geography
    issue: Italy
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Terry Friedman
    Markings
    front, top center, white text on green background : POSTE / ITALIANE
    front, left and right of center, white text on green background : CENT / 25
    front, bottom, green ink : DUE POPOLI / UNA GUERRA [TWO PEOPLES / ONE WAR]

    Physical Details

    Language
    Italian
    Classification
    Exchange Media
    Category
    Postage stamps
    Physical Description
    Rectangular paper stamp with perforated edges. Front has graphic design in green ink. The central image features realistic portraits of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, bareheaded, facing each other: Hitler is in right profile; Mussolini is in left. Swords, one facing up, the other down, separate their faces. The right border has a fasces and sword. The left border has a swastika and Reichsadler [Reich eagle] atop a column. In the background space between their 2 profiles are 2 soldiers, facing forward and holding rifles; the one behind Hitler wears a German uniform, the one behind Mussolini, an Italian uniform. Italian text is at the top and bottom near center; the denomination 25 is in the lower right center. Reverse is covered with aged yellowed adhesive. Stamp is not canceled.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 0.880 inches (2.235 cm) | Width: 1.620 inches (4.115 cm)
    Materials
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive

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    Provenance
    The postage stamp was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Terry Friedman.
    Record last modified:
    2024-01-05 14:36:58
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