British WW1 National War Savings Committee stamps

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British WW1 National War Savings Committee stamps

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This thread is intended to act as a source of information on these interesting ‘poster stamps’ which were issued by the British National War Savings Committee in the later stages of the 1914 – 1918 Great War and immediately afterwards.

The purpose of these ‘stamps’ was to provide an incentive to children to save their sixpences by being given a free adhesive, pictorial label about the same size as a cigarette card featuring a subject associated with the war. By thus retaining a child’s enthusiasm, a beautifully produced set of war pictures could be built up.

The pictures were not to be sold, but were to be given to children purchasing War Savings Stamps or subscribing through a War Savings Association. One War Savings Picture was given with each 6d Stamp or each subscription of 6d. The Pictures did not have to be given up when the Savings Stamps were surrendered for a Savings Certificate.

Books containing 200 War Savings Pictures were obtainable only by Secretaries of War Savings Associations or by shopkeepers holding appointments as Honorary Official Agents.

There were two books of War Savings Pictures issued.

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Note the label attached to the cover of the book.

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This would suggest that the initial launch of these items had led to a higher demand than anticipated and that measures had to be taken to limit their issue.

The Second Series book

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In the logo on the front cover of both books can be seen a swastika emblem which was an ancient symbol of good luck before being adopted by the German Nazi party prior to the Second World War. The swastika on the second book has the word “WAR” in the centre.

Dates of issue
No exact date of release has been established but the printer’s coded imprint at the foot of the cover identifies a print date during September 1918. The savings magazine Silver Bullet dated 4 December 1918 mentions that “First series is now available”. The cover of the first book states “Other series of War Savings Pictures are in preparation” and it is likely that the second series was issued early in 1919.

Technical data
Printed in sheets of 20 pictures.
Pictures in series 1 had no watermark and were rouletted.
Pictures in series 2 had no watermark and were perforated 11 x 12.1
Printer – “T&S Ltd”

Album
An album to house the pictures was advertised in early 1920, but according to issue 57 of the SilverBullet it was decided not to proceed with the production “in the interests of economy”.

Availability
These picture stamps are quite difficult to find these days. The most commonly seen ones are from the two Victoria Cross series. Part and whole sheets are quite scarce and complete books are very rare. Board member NotBruce (I.B.Redguy) sometimes offers singles for sale on his eBay site, as do others.

I'll begin to show the contents in the next post.
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Here is Page 1 of the Victoria Cross series 1

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Page 2
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Page 3
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and Page 4
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The images depict reasonably accurate details of each particular action. The artist of numbers 1 - 25 was George James Rankin, with the remainder believed to be Arthur Payne, possibly assisted by his more well known brother Harry Payne.

I'll post a list of the individual VC names in due course.

To be continued .............
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Here are the names of the men awarded the Victoria Cross shown above in Series 1:

1. Pte Edward Warner 2. Cpl Cecil B Noble
3. Lieut G R Roupell 4. Pte John Lynn
5. Lance-Cpl L J Keyworth 6. Captain Harry S Ranken
7. 2nd Lieut G H Woolley 8. Lance Cpl Michael O’Leary
9. Driver J H C Drain 10. Flight Sub-Lieut R A J Warneford
11. Cpl John Ripley 12. Lance-Cpl W Angus
13. Colour Serg F W Hall 14. Pte Henry May
15. Pts Edward Dwyer 16. Lieut Wm T Forshaw
17. Pte Edward Barber 18. Pte Ross Tollerton
19. Pte Wm Buckingham 20. Drummer S J Bent
21. Captain F O Grenfell 22. Lance Cpl Joseph Tombs
23. Captain J H S Dimmer 24. Lieut John G Smyth
25. Lance-Cpl Albert Jacka 26. Captain John F P Butler
27. 2nd Lieut George R D Moor 28. Captain J A Liddell
29. Cpl Issy Smith 30. Pte William Mariner
31. Serg James Somers 32. Pte Harry Christian
33. Pte Leonard Keysor 34. Lance Laik Lala
35. Pte Charles Hull 36. Captain Richard R Willis
37. Company Serg Major Frederick Barter 38. Corp William Cosgrove
39. Captain Alfred John Shout 40. 2nd Lieut George Rochfort
41. 2nd Lieut Sidney Woodroffe 42. Pte Kenny
43. Midshipman Wilfred Malleson 44. Captain J Leslie Green
45. Captain Garth Walford 46. Captain Gerald O’Sullivan
47. Lieut Alfred Victor Smith 48. Lance Cpl David Finlay
49. 2nd Lieut Herbert James 50. Lance-Sgt Douglas Belcher
51. Pte George William Chafer 52. Commander E D Unwin
53. Captain J Alexander Finton 54. Pte George Stringer
55. “The Nameless VC” 56. Captain Lanoe J Hawker
57. Major J M Wheeler 58. Captain Douglas Reynolds
59. Captain Charles C Foss 60. Pte John Hamilton
61. Rev E N Mellish 62. Lieut R B B Jones
63. Captain J F Vallentin 64. Lt Cmdr N D Holbrook
65. Acting Corpl Charles Sharpe 66. Lieut E S Dougall
67. Pte Thomas Young 68. T/2nd Lieut E F Beal
69. Pte A H Cross 70. Captain L W B Rees
71. T/2nd Lieut C L Knox 72. Sepoy Kudadad
73. Seaman George Mackenzie Samson 74. Pte A H Procter
75. Pte T A Jones 76. Pte Sidney F Godley
77. Lieut J H S Dimmer 78. Pte T Hughes
79. Pte W Keneally 80. Drummer Walter Ritchie

There is a strange anomaly in No 55 which is titled “The Nameless VC”. All VCs were awarded to named personnel. A search on the web came up with this:

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which with some artistic license might have been transformed into this:

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Assuming that this might have been the case, then the man depicted may be Sergeant Robert Downie VC, 2nd Bn, Royal Dublin Fusiliers.

In the next post I'll move on the the Naval Series.
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Here is the Royal Naval series of 60.

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Next, there comes the Medals series.
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I've scanned the Medal sheets in two parts to show more detail.
Here's Page 1 numbers 1-10.

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and 11 - 20.

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Page 2 numbers 21 - 30.

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and 31 - 40.

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Page 3 numbers 41 - 50.

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and finally 51 - 60.

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To finish off Book 1, this is the reorder instructions printed inside the back cover:

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These "stamps" are beautifully illustrated and are something that I would have loved to have collected as a child. Even now they have a curious fascination because of the history behind them . This is an excellent thread. Thank you Cullen.
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Thank you Cullen.
Another part of philatelic history that I had never seen before, & your excellent description & scanned cards brought this to my attention 100 years after they were printed.

Now they will be a permanent record for all collectors, and a valuable reference point in identifying stray cards that surface from time to time.
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Thank you both for your encouraging words.

Its interesting to think that these were originally given free to children, but are now quite sought after by more mature (!) collectors willing to pay quite a sum for them!

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The now adults are the children of the children of that time.
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Book 2 - issued sometime in 1919.
Victoria Cross - series 2, 1 - 60.

Numbers 1 - 10

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Numbers 11 - 20

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Numbers 21 - 30

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Numbers 31 - 40

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Numbers 41 - 50

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Numbers 51 - 60

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Numbers 61 - 70

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And finally numbers 71 - 80

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Here is the 'Women's War Work' series.

Numbers 1 - 10

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Numbers 11 - 20

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Numbers 21- 30

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Numbers 31 - 40

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Numbers 41 - 50

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Numbers 51 - 60

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These seem to be the scarcest of these 'stamps'.
There are some interesting and unusual subjects in the Series.

To be continued .....
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The final series is the 'Aeroplane series'.
Numbers 1-10

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Numbers 11-20

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Numbers 21, 22, 25, 26, 29, 30, 33, 34, 37, 38

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Numbers 23, 24, 27, 28, 31, 32, 35, 36, 39, 40.

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Numbers 41-50

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And finally numbers 51-60

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Although the artist has signed these images, the name is 'pixelated' and undecipherable.

Please let me know if anyone wants a larger image of any of the above.

This concludes the War Savings Pictures series.

The topic of Great War 'War Savings' includes a large range of paper ephemera which would be deemed inappropriate for this Stampboard site.

However there are some items that are stamp related that I'll post next.

To be continued .......
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The above picture stamps were issued to encourage young savers who would record their actual savings on a War Savings Card. There were several different types, the first being -

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This is of particular interest as the back cover states "Postage Stamps only must be used". This is perhaps the only instance of British postage stamps being officially used for a purpose other than "Postage" or "Revenue". The scheme operated between 1916 and 1918.

This was replaced by the issue of National War Issue savings stamps late in 1918.

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Note that the back cover now states "War Savings stamps only must be used".

A separate National Savings Scheme had a similar(ish) savings card which was in use until 1922.

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These then were the forerunners of various series of National Savings stamps until finally withdrawn in 1976. These can also form a varied and interesting collection.
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