Stamps to Remember


During World War I, “The Great War” as it was known until World War II, propaganda took many forms, including stamps to accompany real postage on letters. Here are four: a stamp honoring Edith Cavell, a British nurse who was executed by the Germans, in Belgium, for helping allied fliers to escape; a stamp for the Lusitania, a British ocean liner from which 1,198 passengers and crew, including 128 U.S. citizens, drowned within the first two minutes of its sinking, after it was torpedoed, twice, by a German submarine; a stamp probably referring to the Germany army’s passage through Belgium; a stamp referring to the Zeppelin raids over England, from 1915 to 1917, during which more than 500 civilians were killed at random.



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