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26 stamps of various sizes:
2019.2.33: “America First” in shape of shield
34: DEMOCRACY BEGINS AT HOME
35: MEMORIAL DAY 1941
36: 1ST BIRTHDAY
37: Benjamin Franklin quote
38: Abraham Lincoln in profile
40: WAR? What For?
42: DEMOCRACY BEGINS AT HOME (duplicate of .34)
43: Franklin D. Roosevelt quote
44: NO FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS
45: cartoon with two men
46: AMERICA FIRST COMMITTEE
47: AMERICA FIRST COMMITTEE (duplicate of .46)
48: NATIONAL UNITY?
49: NATIONAL UNITY? (duplicate of .48)
50: Thomas Jefferson quote
51: “Isn’t it great to be an American”
52: Make America Strong
53: Make America Strong (duplicate of .52)
54: John Q. Public
55: John Q. Public (duplicate of .55)
56: Remember You’re an American
57: America First
58: There’s No Way Like the American Way
Information Provided by Michael D. Bulmash:The America First Committee, founding in 1940, was a non-interventionist group opposed to military involvement in a European War. It had opposed sending aid to Britain-Roosevelt’s Lend-Lease program-fearing that it would lead inexorably to America’s involvement in yet another European war. Among the numerous luminaries supporting this movement were the Kennedys, Charles Lindbergh, and Father Coughlin. Indeed, Joseph P. Kennedy, America’s ambassador to the Court of St. James, urged appeasement with Hitler, fearing that a war with Germany could not be won. Father Coughlin, militant anti-Semitic priest who would hurl invective at Jews on his popular radio program, was also part of this movement. Charles Lindbergh’s speech in Iowa in 1941, however, elevated the taint of anti-Semitism in claiming that Jews were pushing for a war that was not in America’s national interest, alluding to their broad influence in the press, radio and cinema. Lindberg downplayed his own racist and anti-Semitic views, as well as his admiration and sympathy for Hitler, which undergirded his defeatist stance.
America First Committee
"American Isolationist Sentiment WWII: Pre-War Propaganda Stamps Advocating Non-Involvement in Europe" (2019). Bulmash Family Holocaust Collection. 2019.2.33-.58.