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1994 World War II Issue

The Postal Service commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of World War II with the issuance of a miniature sheet of ten 29-cent stamps, on June 6, 1994, on the USS Normandy. "The 1994: Road to Victory" miniature sheet was the fourth in a series of five issues through 1995 commemorating major events of World War II.

Also on June 6, a ceremony was held at the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC, where the miniature sheets as well as the USS Normandy First Day of Issue cancellation were available.

The stamps highlight the following 1944 events and subjects: Allied forces retake New Guinea; P-51s escort B-17s on bombing raids; Allies in Normandy, D-Day, June 6; airborne units spearhead attacks; submarines shorten war in Pacific; Allies free Rome, June 4, and Paris, August 25; US troops clear Saipan bunkers; Red Ball Express speeds vital supplies; Battles for Leyte Gulf, October 23-26; and Bastogne and the Battle of the Bulge, December. The sheet design remained consistent with the previous three issues with the central label portraying a world map that illustrates the extent of Axis control and Allied operations.

In addition to a commemorative sheet, the Postal Service offered the fourth of five golden anniversary stamp collections. The year's release was entitled "1944: Road to Victory" and featured a forty-page hardcover book that included an overview of the history of the events and subjects depicted on the stamps, two 1944 commemorative stamp sheets, and special mounts for positioning one sheet and individual stamps on key pages.

Designed by William H. Bond, the stamps were printed in the offset/intaglio process by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (May 12, 1994/ May 26, 1994).


Additional Records
  • Overview
  • 29c Airborne Units Spearhead Attacks single
  • 29c World War II bock of ten
  • 29c Allied Forces Retake New Guinea single
  • 29c P-51s Escort B-17s On Bombing Raids single
  • 29c Troops Running From Landing Craft single
  • 29c Officer at Periscope single
  • 29c Parade Through Liberated Rome single
  • 29c Soldier Firing Flamethrower single
  • 29c Red Ball Express Truck single
  • 29c Battleship Firing Main Battery single
  • 29c Bastogne and Battle of the Bulge single
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