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Patriotic American flag poster stamp

Object | Accession Number: 2018.233.26

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    Patriotic American flag poster stamp


    Brief Narrative
    Poster stamp from the Council Against Intolerance (CAIA) featuring an image of a female figure, likely Columbia, distributed between 1943 and 1944. 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. Columbia was a female personification of the United States, and her image was often placed on printed ephemera. She was modeled after Greek gods, often with fair skin and golden hair. She was also typically adorned in all white to symbolize purity; or with red, white, and blue, the colors of the U.S. flag. Images of Columbia were widely published throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries, and she was often depicted as the embodiment of America. Her image was typically used in conjunction with issues of the day, including westward expansion, immigration, and war propaganda. Depictions of Columbia declined during the 20th century, and she was gradually replaced by Uncle Sam and Liberty. The CAIA was a New York-based group founded by James Waterman Wise in the 1938. The CAIA staged public gatherings, radio shows, and created teacher manuals and books that preached against intolerance and prejudice, arguing it was un-American, and would undermine national unity in a time of war.
    One Nation Indivisible
    publication/distribution:  1943-1944
    distribution: United States
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Forrest James Robinson, Jr.
    front, top right, printed, blue ink : ONE NATION / INDIVISIBLE / 1943-44
    front, bottom, printed, blue ink : COUNCIL AGAINST INTOLERANCE / IN AMERICA
    Distributor: Council Against Intolerance

    Physical Details

    War Propaganda
    Object Type
    Poster stamps (lcsh)
    Physical Description
    Rectangular poster stamp on white paper with a graphic design, perforated edges, and an adhesive backing. The stamp features a woman with long brown hair in an off-the-shoulder dress holding an American flag in front of her. She glances upward towards her extended right arm which is holding the top of the flag. Her left arm is bent at the elbow and holds the gathered bottom of the flag. She casts a dark shadow against a yellow and pink pastel background. There are three lines of blue text on the top right, two lines along the bottom and a white border surrounds the image.
    overall: Height: 2.375 inches (6.033 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
    United States.

    Administrative Notes

    The poster stamp was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2018 by Forrest J. Robinson, Jr.
    Record last modified:
    2023-08-24 15:05:44
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