This FDC was produced in 1948 in the United States and it commemorates Gold Star Mothers: the American women who have lost a son or daughter serving in the military during war.
Country: United States
Date of Issue: 21st September 1948
Date of Cover: 21st September 1948 (first day cover with commemorative cachet)
I bought this cover from Delcampe.net. I went looking for this stamp after reading about it on G. P. Cox‘s excellent Pacific War history site Pacific Paratrooper. (You can read that particular post here.)
Here are some links if you would like to find out more about Gold Star Mothers:
- American Gold Star Mothers website
- Some information about the stamp itself on the National Women’s History Museum website
- Gold Star Mothers on Wikipedia
The notation in the top-left corner of the cover is not part of the original item. It reads: Sc 969, which is the stamp’s catalogue number in the Scott philatelic catalogue.