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Square NRA (National Recovery Administration) membership stamp

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    Square NRA (National Recovery Administration) membership stamp

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    Brief Narrative
    American National Recovery Administration (NRA) membership poster stamp. Poster stamps were collectable stamps, slightly larger than postage stamps, with designs similar to posters. Although they were not valid for postage, poster stamps could be affixed to letters and envelopes as a means for fundraising, propaganda, and educational purposes. The NRA was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in the first 100 days of his presidency with the passage of National Industrial Recovery Act of 1933 (NIRA). The NRA was created to stimulate business recovery by eliminating unfair trade practices, reducing unemployment, establishing minimum wages and maximum hours, and guaranteeing the right of labor to bargain collectively. These goals were accomplished through the creation of industry-wide fair practice codes. The codes were established by NRA boards made up of representatives from business, labor, and government. Companies that subscribed to the NRA codes were allowed to display a Blue Eagle emblem that showed their cooperation with the NRA. One long-term success of the NRA was the abolishment of child labor, which, to that point, continued in the textile industry. However, many felt that the codes benefitted big business at the expense of consumers and small businesses, and many business leaders resented the NRA for interfering in the private sector. In 1935, NIRA was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, and the NRA was forced to shut down. Despite this, many provisions established by the NRA codes were included in subsequent legislation.
    NRA Member
    publication/distribution:  1933-1935
    manufacture: United States
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Forrest James Robinson, Jr.
    front, top, printed, red ink : NRA (National Recovery Administration)
    front, top, printed, navy blue ink : MEMBER
    front, center right, printed, navy blue ink : U.S.
    front, bottom, printed, red ink : WE DO OUR PART
    Publisher: National Recovery Administration

    Physical Details

    War Propaganda
    Object Type
    Poster stamps (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Square stamp on cream-colored paper with a graphic design and an adhesive backing. In the center is a navy blue eagle, holding three lightning bolts in one talon and a gear in the other. There is red and navy blue text across the top, navy blue text in the center to the right of the eagle, and red text at the bottom, below the eagle.
    overall: Height: 1.375 inches (3.493 cm) | Width: 1.250 inches (3.175 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive

    Rights & Restrictions

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    Conditions on Use
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    Geographic Name
    United States.

    Administrative Notes

    The poster stamp was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2018 by Forrest J. Robinson, Jr.
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    2024-03-19 09:14:09
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