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Postage stamp, 20 centimes, issued by Italy to honor the German-Italian wartime alliance

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Postage stamp issued by the Fascist government of Italy to celebrate the alliance between Germany and Italy. It depicts Hitler and Mussolini, facing each other in profile, with a German and an Italian soldier in the background. It features the slogan: DUE POPOLI / UNA GUERRA [TWO PEOPLES / ONE WAR].

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  • Title: Postage stamp, 20 centimes, issued by Italy to honor the German-Italian wartime alliance
  • Provenance: The postage stamp was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005 by Terry Friedman.
  • Subject Keywords: Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945--On postage stamps. Mussolini, Benito, 1883-1945--On postage stamps. Nazi propaganda. Postage stamps--Italy--History--1933-1945. Postal service--Italy--History. Propaganda, Italian. World War, 1939-1945--Italy--Postal services. World War, 1939-1945--Propaganda.
  • Type: Exchange Media
  • Rights: Permanent Collection
  • External Link: See the full record at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • Medium: Rectangular paper stamp with perforated edges. Front has graphic design in orange ink. The central image features realistic portraits of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, bareheaded, facing each other: Hitler is in right profile; Mussolini is in left. Swords, one facing up, the other down, separate their faces. The right border has a fasces and sword. The left border has a swastika and Reichsadler [Reich eagle] atop a column. In the background space between their 2 profiles are 2 soldiers, facing forward and holding rifles; the one behind Hitler wears a German uniform, the one behind Mussolini, an Italian uniform. Italian text is at the top and bottom near center; the denomination 20 is in the lower right center. Reverse is covered with aged yellowed adhesive. Stamp is not cancelled.

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