The American Relief Administration (post-WW1) is where Herbert Hoover made his political bones.
Executive Summary: Americans could buy food for their relatives in Europe; they gave the cash to their local bank, and the ARA would release a food parcel from their one of their warehouses in Europe.
Our self-explanatory postcard is a minor part of this effort.
What I find less-easily explained is what it was doing in a bargain box
Two letters from ARA's Herbert Hoover "To the Bankers of America":http://search.archives.jdc.org/mult...21_04392.pdf
I love that "... on a thoroughly business basis ..." shtick.http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ar.../tf9779p02m/
... the ARA Europe archives (on microfilm) at the Hoover Institutionhttp://pdf.oac.cdlib.org/pdf/hoover/araeurope.pdf
... the 708p inventory of that archive
So where is Florian, now that we need him?
HU stamp 40f Reaper (no irony intended, one hopes)
Michel HU 250
Issued on: 1919
Expiry date: 1921-06-30
Size: 21 x 26 mm
Colors: Olive green
Face value: 40 Hungarian fillér
Print run: 496,000
Watermark: Wm. 7: Patriarchs cross