A Black Yellow Cross stamp, sold to raise money for the relief effort in 1914

Description

These stamps, which only measure a few centimetres, were used to seal and label written correspondence, but were also a popular collector’s item. They include the crest of the Black Yellow Cross charity, printed to be sold to raise funds.

This is an example of small texts and graphics used to encourage the civilian population to participate in fundraising activities. Relief efforts and charities were funded by donations collected through the sale of badges, postcards and small adhesive stamps such as these.

Full title:
Black-Yellow Cross 1914
Created:
1914-1918
Format:
Stamp / Philatelic item
Held by:
Öesterreichische Nationalbibliothek
Copyright:
© Öesterreichische Nationalbibliothek

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The war effort at home (movement into war production, rationing, and food supply)

Article by:
David Stevenson
Theme:
Civilians

From the borrowing of money to the employment of women in industry, Professor David Stevenson examines the strategies used at home to maintain arms for troops, and basic supplies for civilians.

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