Notes from the Past

Ration Stamp Illustrations

A clipping from the Commercial Bulletin, a trade publication, sent to me by S. D. Harris, disclosed that the Office of Price Administration, at the request of the U. S. Secret Service, recently advised advertisers and others that the same size and color restrictions which govern illustration of postage stamps, likewise apply to the reproduction, in publications, of ration stamps.  Further, all illustrations of ration documents, certificates, etc., are brought under the same regulations.  Ration stamps, and all such documents, must, if reduced in size be no larger than three-fourths the size of the original or, if enlarged, must be at least one and one-half times the size of the original, though there is no limit on further enlargement.  As in the case of postage stamps, illustrations may be in black and white only.  color is absolutely forbidden.  Many of us should remember that.
 
- George B. Sloane
Sloane's Column
Stamps
January 29, 1944
Posted October 13, 1999

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