Collecting History: 125 Years of the National Philatelic Collection
“OVERRUN COUNTRIES” PROOFS
During World War II, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt conceived of a stamp series featuring the flags of countries conquered by German and Japanese forces. Reproducing the flags in accurate colors required multicolor stamp printing presses, which the Bureau of Engraving and Printing did not then possess. The American Bank Note Company of New York City was contracted to print the series of thirteen stamps in 1943-44. This is one example from a series of proofs that were prepared so postal officials could approve the stamps’ designs.