Iowa: 1940’s.

(C-0196) U.S. #880  1940 2¢ John Philip Sousa  Famous Americans Series – Composers Issue Date: May 3, 1940  First City: Washington, D.C.
(C-0135) U.S. #860   1940 Famous American Series 2¢ James Fenimore Cooper  Issue Date: January 29, 1940  First City: Cooperstown, New York Postmarked June 21, 1940 in Brooklyn, NY.
(P-0138) (P-0139) U.S. #UY7 Message Reply Postal Card Set – 1¢ George Washington/Martha Washington  Postmarked July 2, 1942 in Iowa City  Here is a promotional postcard distributed by the State University of Iowa Alumni Association to graduates in the 1940’s.
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(C-0234) U.S. #805  1938 Presidential Series – 1 1/2¢ Martha Washington Postmarked in New York City August 27, 1942
(P-0179) The Dramatic Arts Building – U.S. #900   2¢ Anti-Aircraft Gun – National Defense Series  First Day of Issue: October 16, 1940  City: Washington, D.C. Postmarked Sept. 9, 1942.
(P-0104) U.S. #899   1¢ Statue of Liberty  National Defense Series  First Day of Issue: October 16, 1940  City: Washington, DC   Cover is postmarked in Iowa City on June 18, 1943 at the Navy Pre-Flight School Postal Station.
(P-0241) U.S.#905 1942 3¢ Win the War First Day of Issue: July 4, 1942 City: Washington, D.C. Postmarked July 4, 1943 in Dubuque.
(P-0137) A view of the S.U.I campus – U.S. #899   1¢ Statue of Liberty – National Defense Series  First Day of Issue: October 16, 1940  City: Washington, DC  Postmarked October 7, 1943 in Iowa City.
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(C-0230) This “stamp-less” postal cover is Military Mail, thus has the “Free” marking in the upper right corner. The letter is postmarked October 8, 1943 on the U.S.S. Iowa and also stamped “Paused by Naval Censors” with the initials of the censor who reviewed the contents of the letter. Military mail is not always censored by opening or reading the mail, but this is much more likely during wartime and military campaigns. The military postal service is separate from civilian mail and is usually totally controlled by the military, so during wartime, mail from the front (in this case – the U.S.S. Iowa was actively involved in WWII) is often opened and offending parts blanked or cut out, and incoming civilian mail may be subject to much the same treatment.
(P-0201) University Hospital U.S. #839 1939 1¢ Washington (coil) First Day of Issue: January 20, 1939 Postmarked Dec 7, 1943 in Iowa City.
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(P-0252) U.S. #804 WashingtonSUI University Hospital Campus – 4 views – First Day of Issue: April 25, 1938 First Day City: Washington DC Postmarked Dec 23, 1944 in Iowa City
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(C-0108) Letter #1 George to Dixie. Postmarked in Billings, MT on Feb. 7, 1945 before George hops on the train. Note on the envelope that there is no stamp, but the word FREE. All servicemen during WWII could mail letters at no cost!
(C-0118) Letter #11 George to his mom, Olive, Postmarked Mar. 10, 1945 in Heart Mountain, WY with a “FREE” serviceman’s marking.
(C-0137) U.S. #935    1945 3¢ U.S. Navy – Armed Forces Series  First Day of Issue: October 27, 1945  City: Annapolis, Maryland .
(C-0143) U.S.S. IOWA postmark on the Iowa State Centennial stamp – December 28, 1946 on the USS Iowa – Iowa Statehood Day. Notice that this cover is addressed to Professor William J. Peterson, director of State Historical Society of Iowa!
(C-0142) U.S.S. IOWA postmark on the Iowa State Centennial stamp – December 28, 1946 on the USS Iowa – Iowa Statehood Day.
(S-0055) U.S. #953  3¢ George Washington Carver  First Day of Issue: January 5, 1948  City: Tuskegee Institute, Alabama.
(C-0191) U.S. #953  3¢ George Washington Carver  First Day of Issue: January 5, 1948  City: Tuskegee Institute, Alabama.
(C-0189) U.S. #959   3¢ 100 Years of Progress of Women  First Day of Issue: July 19, 1948  City: Seneca Falls, NY,  U.S. #2980  includes 32¢ Woman’s Suffrage  First Day of Issue: August 26, 1995  City: Washington, DC.
(C-0204) U.S. #978 1948 3¢ 85th Anniversary of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address First Day of Issue: November 19, 1948 City: Gettysburg, PA This beautiful 1948 Civil War remembrance cover is addressed to Carl P. Weber of Iowa City.

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