Overrun Countries series

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Overrun Countries stamps

The Overrun Countries series was a series of thirteen commemorative postage stamps, each of five-cent denomination, issued by the United States over a fifteen-month period in 1943–44 as a tribute to thirteen nations overrun, occupied, and/or annexed by the Axis Powers during or shortly before World War II.[1]

The stamps depict, in full color, the national flags of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Norway, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Greece, Yugoslavia, Albania, Austria, Denmark, and Korea, with the names of the respective countries underneath. To the left of each flag appears the symbol of a phoenix, symbolizing the renewal of life, and to its right appears a kneeling female figure with arms raised, breaking the shackles of servitude.[2]

The stamps with flags of European countries were released at intervals from June to December 1943, while the Korea flag stamp was released in November 1944.[3]

Because of the elaborate process necessary for the full-color printing, the United States government's Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC, contracted with a private firm, the American Bank Note Company in New York City, to produce the stamps.

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  1. ^ Smithsonian - Arago
  2. ^ The Overrun Countries Series - Junior Philatelists
  3. ^ The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps, 27th edition, 2000 (ISBN 0-06-095854-5), p. 128.