2¢ Allied Nations
Issue Date: January 14, 1943
City: Washington, D.C.
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Rotary Press
Perforations: 11 x 10.5
Color: Rose carmine
U.S. #907, like the “Win the War” stamp before it, was issued as part of a campaign to raise support for U.S. involvement in World War II.
Allied Nations for Peace
Following the harsh criticism of the “Win the War” stamp (U.S. #905) several artists submitted more creative designs with similar war victory themes. President Roosevelt rejected them all, as he believed the stamps should represent world peace and cooperation in addition to victory.
President Roosevelt eventually found a drawing by Leon Helguera of New York picturing an army of raised swords behind an uplifted palm branch of peace. This image perfectly illustrated the message the President wanted to convey. However, when the stamp was issued, collectors and the general public did not entirely understand the stamp’s meaning. Many were also uncomfortable with the image of so many uplifted swords. Despite this, the stamp, along with the “Win the War” and “Four Freedoms” issues, was one of the biggest-selling stamps of World War II.
FDR – The Stamp-Collecting President
President Franklin Roosevelt was instrumental in the design and issuance of U.S. #907. Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s mother introduced the future President to stamp collecting at a young age. Throughout his life, he turned to his collection to relax and unwind.
Roosevelt was elected President four times, serving in the nation’s highest office longer than any other chief executive – 12 years. During those 12 years, Roosevelt promoted the importance of stamps by personally approving each of more than 200 stamp designs. This included suggesting topics, rejecting others, and even designing some of the stamps himself. He used U.S. postage stamps to educate Americans about their heritage, to buoy war-weary spirits during World War II, and to send a message of peace and hope as Europe faced the overwhelming task of rebuilding.
Birth Of Franklin Roosevelt
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York.
Sometimes called the stamp-collecting president, Roosevelt began collecting stamps at the age of 8. Roosevelt credited the hobby with helping him learn geography, partial recovery from polio, and managing the stress of being Commander in Chief. Even as war raged, he managed to spend some time with his collection every day. Over time, he built a collection nearly 1 million stamps.
Roosevelt’s four terms in office coincided with two of the most turbulent eras in American history – the Great Depression and the Second World War. As a lifelong stamp collector, Roosevelt was familiar with the tradition of capturing history on postage stamps. He also knew stamps had the power to educate, send important messages, and shape public opinion.
As President, Roosevelt put this knowledge to work, personally approving each of the stamps issued during his 12 years in office. He also made suggestions for stamp subjects and designs. The result is more than 200 US stamps that chronicle US history, reveal the beauty of our most scenic National Parks, and pay tribute to noteworthy Americans.
The President’s passion for stamp collecting was well known, and he often received stamps and covers from fellow collectors. Even members of other government agencies saved unusual stamps they received in the mail and sent them to him.
During his campaign, cachets urging “A Stamp Collector for President” were used to promote the hobby in general. Once in office, Post Office Department revenue increased almost annually and membership in stamp organizations grew rapidly. The number of stamp dealers also increased, and department stores across the nation had stamp counters.
During the course of the war, Roosevelt used US stamps to inspire Americans and send messages of hope around the world. With an eye to the future, FDR avoided picturing displays of US military might. Classics like the Iwo Jima, China Resistance, and Overrun Countries stamps remain collector favorites today. In fact, the last official act Roosevelt performed before his death was approving the design for a postage stamp.
Click on the images below to read about some of the FDR-era stamps that supported his programs and the war effort:
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