W is for War Issues

WAR with an illustration of a walking soldier with a gun
War Cinderella Stamp

Wars put a great strain on the postal services of their time. Military postal history is rich with identifying marks that reveal economic adversityand extreme challenges to communication. Collectors of wartime issues often specialize in a particular conflict or a single aspect of postal operations, such as soldiers’ mail, censored mail, or stamps from occupied territories.

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1765 Stamp Act proof

This one penny revenue stamp proof is an important piece of American colonial history. The Stamp Act provoked protests over "taxation without representation" that ultimately led to the Revolutionary War. Great Britain, 1765.