1941 set 2 WW2 U.S Army in Newfoundland anti-Nazi propaganda envelopes

$100.00 CAD

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Two hand-made propaganda envelopes mailed from US. Army base in Newfoundland to Seattle. Date to two months before Pearl Harbor and the US entry into World War 2.

The images on envelopes are of posters produced by the British Ministry of Information in 1940 for use in Arabic speaking lands. They were in an article for LIFE magazine.

#1 Hitler and Göring parachuting into England. Göring holding a baby carriage fulls of weapons.

Cutting glued to left side:

‘Parachuting to England, Hitler says, “You will have to take care of the children, Göring. I will take care of the women.’”

Postmarked ‘AMERICAN BASE FORCES OCT 5 1941 A.P.O. 801-C ‘ .

#2 Hitler striking a Napoleonic pose, Hermann Göring in front of him:

Cutting glued to left side:

‘If our gang wins the war,” Hitler prophesies in a Napoleonic interlude, “people will consist of Germans and slaves.”

Postmarked ‘AMERICAN BASE FORCES OCT 5 1941 A.P.O. ----‘


Both images enhanced and colored with ink, raised areas. 

Stamped box ‘Passed by Censor Newfoundland Base Command United States Army’.

Mailed to Seattle Washington.

Some glue remnants and smudging.


Under its Leased Bases Agreement with Britain, the United States had obtained permission in 1941 to establish military bases in Newfoundland in exchange for 50 of its aging destroyers. Prior to that, the United States had avoided any involvement in the war, having suffered heavy casualties during the First World War. However, with the fall of France to Nazi Germany in June 1940, the American government recognized a need for additional bases to better defend the Western Hemisphere.

The first American troops arrived at St. John's in January 1941. In the months following, Newfoundland and Labrador became one of the most highly militarized places in North America as the United States spent more than $100 million to build military bases in St. John's, Argentia, and Stephenville.

American detachments were also stationed alongside Canadian troops at the Gander and Goose Bay airfields, as well as in a number of smaller communities of strategic importance – in Sandy Cove and St. Bride's, for example, radar sites were installed.