Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Overrun Countries Stamps

In 1943, the U.S Government began issuing stamps commemorating countries that were occupied by the Axis powers in World War II. The series was somewhat controversial in that none of the the Balkan States were pictured, nor was China (Manchuria.) Some people thought that Austria was properly considered part of Germany. But one country that was occupied, albeit by the British, Canadian and United States, was Iceland. The Icelandic invasion and subsequent occupation was pretty much a strong-arm tactic, done to prevent Germany from establishing a naval base. It remains a touchy subject for some Icelanders, although it has faded from discourse since the U.S. closed its naval base there in 2006.

Or, as Alda and Auður would say: “Þetta reddast!”

To make up for the historical oversight, here is my Photo-shopped rendition:

By Professor Batty


Blogger Jono said...

Lovely! If you could actually mail something for a nickel now it would be nothing short of miraculous. They should use your design when that happens.

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