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Stamps or bonds?

A Carbon High student licks a stamp to place it in a coupon book which could be filled and turned in for a bond.

World War II brought on all kinds of ways for the public to help fund the fight against fascism. Bonds were a major investment considering wages at the time and many people bought stamps which also accrued interest, but were less expensive. Depending on the kinds of stamps, when so many were collected (or a redemption book was full of them) they could be turned in for bonds.

While stamps could be purchased by anyone, they were often aimed for sale at the youth of the time, through schools and other kinds of organizations. Stamps were available in 25 cent and 10 cent versions.

Locally, schools sold stamps to students on Tuesdays. Carbon High School was a large participant in the program, and students bought thousands of stamps. Often lines would appear at teachers desks and the front office where they were being sold.

Nationally there were other programs aimed at kids too. Scout to Save a Soldier was a slogan used to motivate Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to help sell the stamps.

There were those that wanted to help with the war effort, but felt that war was wrong. They were more interested in helping the victims of the war, so other kinds of stamps were issued to help in those causes. Two of the stamps sold were the Civilian Public Service stamps and the War Sufferers Relief stamps. These were sold for 10 cents each and were used to fund peaceful programs. They were largely sold by religious organizations that objected to the war, but still wanted to help those that were suffering from the conflict's consequences.




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