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Posted 05/24/2016   2:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Windycity to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Can;t seem to find anything about this stamp and wondered about rarity and value (or lack there of). Any help appreciated.



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Posted 05/24/2016   4:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dudley to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Maybe a charity label? It commemorates May 3 (which is Constitution Day in Poland), as well as the reestablishment of Polish sovereignty in 1918 (although Constitution Day was not established as a holiday in Poland, at least in the modern era, until 1919). I wonder if this was produced for use among the WWI-era Polish emigre community: it is denominated in dollars, which were never a Polish currency, and the words below the label read "emigration to the Homeland" (although "wychodzctwo" is mispelled, at least according to modern Polish orthography). It is not a Polish postage stamp, however.
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Posted 05/24/2016   4:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John Freibergs to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
It may be something produced on this side of the Atlantic. The largest Polish community outside of Poland is in Chicago.
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Posted 05/24/2016   5:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add floortrader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Agree with John , it looks like a fund raising receipt used in the various U.S. cities . Ten dollars was a lot of money and maybe used by a committee at various fund raising events to track the donations .
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Posted 05/24/2016   6:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pagoda to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
You will note Polish & US flags in the background which gives credence to it being produced in the US,

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Posted 05/24/2016   6:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nigelc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The figure in the centre of the stamp is the Polish and American hero, General Tadeusz Kosciuszko.
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Posted 05/24/2016   7:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nigelc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've found the source of the design. This was a first world war recruiting poster from 1917 designed by Wladyslaw Theodor Benda.

Here's an image from the Library of Congress:



The soldier standing by Kosciuszko is Kazimierz Pulaski.

The text reads:

"Poles! Kosciuszko and Pulaski Fought for the Liberty of Poland and Other Nations. Follow Their Example. Enlist in the Polish Army!"

Here's a description from the World Digital Library site:

"This World War I poster invokes the memory of two illustrious Poles who fought in the American Revolution, Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746–1817) and Kazimierz Pulaski (1747–79), to encourage men of Polish origin living in the United States to enlist in the Polish army. Poland had been partitioned by Russia, Prussia, and the Austrian Empire in 1795, and its sovereignty was not restored until 1918. There thus was no independent Poland during World War I. But many Poles believed that the cause of national independence could be furthered by supporting Britain, France, and Russia against the Central Powers, Germany and Austria-Hungary, especially after December 1916, when Tsar Nicholas II declared that one of Russia's war aims was an independent Poland. An estimated 20,000 Poles living in the United States signed up to join a Polish army that was formed in 1917 to fight on French soil. This poster is by Wladyslaw Theodor Benda (1873–1948), who was born in Poznan, Poland. He studied art in Kraków, Poland, and Vienna, Austria, and immigrated to the United States in 1911, where he worked as a painter, illustrator, and designer."
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Posted 05/24/2016   8:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Sounds like Nigel got it. I did check the relevant categories in the Poland stamp encyclopedia and did not find the label, including under the specific labels category. For future reference: http://stampspoland.nl .

Wonder if the Polonus Philatelic Society is aware of it.
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Posted 05/25/2016   10:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add KGB to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
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Posted 05/25/2016   10:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nigelc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi KGB, It's interesting to see the images on the link you've provided including the advert for $200 ball tickets and the damaged poster with a 2$ stamp with a different design but in the same style as the two on this thread.
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Posted 05/25/2019   8:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SForgCa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Came across this old post
I believe these are Patriotic Gift Certificates with monetary value issued by the Polish National Treasury in 1918 for war veterans.




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