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Poster stamp promoting the Greater New York Fund

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    Poster stamp promoting the Greater New York Fund

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    Brief Narrative
    World War II-era American poster stamp requesting support for the Greater New York Fund (GNYF). 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 GNYF was a New York based grant-giving agency that began operation in 1938. They solicited contributions from business and employee groups, and distributed funds to over four hundred New York City health and welfare agencies, including voluntary hospitals, services for children and the aged, and health care services. After the United States entered World War II in December 1941, New York City transformed from a commercial and creative metropolis into an essential port and manufacturing hub for the war effort. The Brooklyn Naval Yard doubled in size, employing 70,000 people, including many women, and became the largest shipbuilding facility in the U.S. Workers mobilized to assist in wartime production, and families grew victory gardens to help with the challenges of rationing. New York ports shipped troops, ships, planes, guns, food, and other essential supplies across the Atlantic. The increased military value of the city also necessitated increased security. Times Square, Broadway, and other iconic locations shuttered their lights at night to protect the city from attack. Harbor defenses were bolstered, and the docks became high security zones. Sixty-three million tons of supplies and over three million men shipped out from New York Harbor over the course of the war.
    Support the Greater New York Fund
    publication/distribution:  1941 December
    distribution: New York (N.Y.)
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Forrest James Robinson, Jr.
    front, top, printed, white : IN WAR & PEACE… / New York / MUST CARE / FOR ITS OWN
    front, center left, printed, black ink : “GUARDING / THE HOME FRONT”
    front, bottom, printed, white : Support / THE / GREATER / NEW YORK FUND
    Distributor: Greater New York Fund

    Physical Details

    War Propaganda
    Object Type
    Poster stamps (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular poster stamp on white paper with a graphic design, perforated edges on the top and bottom, and an adhesive backing. The stamp features a central image of a young boy in a red and white striped shirt, black trousers, and cap pushing a baby in a carriage in front of a stair railing. He has a sheathed sword hanging from his belt and is holding a rifle. To the left, below the carriage are two lines of text. The top and bottom each have red text boxes with 3 lines of white text. There appears to be an artist’s signature in black by the boy’s foot.
    overall: Height: 2.000 inches (5.08 cm) | Width: 1.500 inches (3.81 cm)
    overall : paper, ink, adhesive

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Geographic Name
    New York (N.Y.)

    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 09:04:43
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