Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Vintage Thingie Thursday

Welcome to Vintage Thingie Thursday the Red, White and Blue edition. After visiting with me, be sure to hop on over to Suzanne's blog for more vintage viewing. If you click on the VTT button on my sidebar it will take you there.

I had to look real hard to come up with something vintage that was red, white and blue and this is what I found. I'm sure a few of you will remember these stamp albums. This one is mine from my childhood and was never filled but makes a nice addition to my ephemera collection.
I found this info on the Protect America blog. It explains it nicely:
The Defense Postal Savings Stamp Albums were distributed by the U.S. Treasury, mostly through the Post Office Department. It was a way for the government to have the public help finance the war effort. War savings stamps were first issued in 1917, during World War I. In May, 1941, the America on Guard series appeared, consisting of 10, 25, 50 cents, $1 and $5 denominations. Use was encouraged as a way for the public to save money and at the same time contribute to the war effort.

School children would fill an "album" with $18.75 of low denomination stamps, 10-cents or 25-cents, and hand it in to the post office in exchange for a War Savings Bond, which would mature in 10 years to $25.00. Adults could buy larger denomination stamps, place them in correspondingly higher value "albums" and trade them in upon completion for $50.00, $100.00 or higher denomination War Savings Bonds. The program continued after the Second World War, ending in June 1970.
This particular album was printed in 1942.
Thanks for visiting and have a fun and safe Fourth.

23 comments:

Ruby said...

What a patriotic education I am getting today. Enjoyed your post. Happy 4th!!

Janet, said...

that's neat, I've never seen one of those before.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Well, what a perfect entry for the upcoming American holiday!
REally nice, informative, and enjoyable! Thanks.

~~Carol~~ said...

What a great piece of history! I wish I had thought to do a post on something red, white & blue!
Happy 4th!

Postcardy said...

I never saw one of those before and didn't realize they had anything like that for so long after the war.

Bea said...

What an informative post. Thank you.

Coloradolady said...

What a great post. I learned a lot today from this great addition. I think this is a great thing to have and keep, loved it.

Have a great VTT and a happy holiday weekend.

Roslyn said...

Wow I had no idea this tradition lingered until 1970!See, you learn something new everyday!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

great post! full of information! thanks for sharing.. happy 4th!

marianedwardsdreamweaver said...

love your stamp books and especially those stamps :)

marybt said...

That is so cool!

I never knew that about trading stamps in for bonds.

CHER said...

I never knew about these. Thanks for sharing!!! Have a blessed day, Cher

Robin said...

Very cool!

Miri said...

Wonderful post! What a wonderful reminder of how things were and that people weren't expected to be able to hand over $18.75 for a War Savings Bond...they could save up with these stamp albums and feel part of the War Effort!

Thank you so much for sharing!
Happy 4th of July!

the wild raspberry said...

how interesting...
happy independence day to you!
chasity

Kris Dickinson said...

VERY cool Sarah! Have a Happy 4th of July! - Kris

CC said...

I so enjoyed your post. Than you so much for sharing. Have a great VTT..and a wonderful and safe 4th.

Kristine said...

Thank you for reminding me that you had the butter molds...that was so nice of you. 4 kids is getting to my brain..you know?

I do need to set them out so that I can see them. I kept asking myself..did I get rid of those? Crazy.

I really like your stamps. My sister and I used to collect stamps when we were young as well and that brought back some memories.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Kristine

Sue said...

I've never read about this type of stamp before. I only know about Gold Bond or Green Stamps because my grandmothers collected them from the grocery store. Thanks for the history lesson! :-) Sue

Louise (KardKrazy) said...

Well, it looks like you came up with the perfect R, W & B itemf or this week's offering.
Nice little booklet!

Joan said...

What a neat post with a history lesson too. I was born after the war, and I haven't seen these in my antiques travels so it was fun to see.

mannequin said...

Oh my goodness! I remember my older sister having those. What a fun way to save. I had no idea they were around so long!


And yes, Etsy shop sweetie, you know you want to. :)

Vicky said...

War saving bonds- that's something I have not heard of. Thanks for sharing this piece of US history.
Have a nice week.