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#1 Vincennes

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Posted 07 December 2015 - 01:04 PM

I picked up this postcard at the flea market Saturday. The picture of the B-25 is nice, but the interesting thing is the text.

 

Both the front and back mention a North American Aviation program during WWII where if you bought a bond (War Bond?) they would include your name on one of the B-25's they manufactured. They called this their "Autograph A Bomber" program.

 

The postcard was postmarked Feb. 6, 1943 with a special North American Aviation machine cancel and sent to a man in Winfield, KS.

 

A neat way to promote the sale of War Bonds.

 

Paul

 

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#2 lisn2u

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Posted 13 November 2017 - 03:32 PM

During WW2 the citizens of various cities would “buy” an aircraft. The city of Cleveland bought a B17. It was flown from the factory into Cleveland where the newspapers could photograph and Clevelanders could see the plane as it was turned over to the Army Air Force.
City of Cleveland was painted on the nose of the B17 before it left the factory. B24s and B25s were also purchased for the war effort. Doing some online research you’ll find that most of these aircraft had a name change before they went off to the War.
Selling war bonds as indicated by the postcard was a way to pay for the war effort with a lessor impact on national debt.


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