The First Stamps.

Scott O124

​Mar 1911

Scott PS6, 1936

Postal Savings Cards, also called deposit or collection cards, were available with one preprinted stamp.  Printed in both orange and blue, they could be filled by any combination of  orange or blue stamps.

Scott WS2
Perforated
​Series of 1918, Matured 1923

 Savings Stamps

A new $.25 cent stamp was issued in 1958.  The design featured the Minuteman with an American flag with 48 stars as Alaska and Hawaii were not yet states.

Scott S7, 1961, 50 stars

Scott O121

​Dec 1910

Another $.10 stamp was issued with the same design as Scott PS1 and PS4.  An increase in the use of savings stamps was expected  and in 1940, a new series of stamps was issued.  They would be replaced within a year by the new America on Guard series. 

Booklets of the $.10 and $.25 cent stamps were issued July 30, 1941.

​​​World War II - War Savings Stamps

Unknown issue; probably 1911 when supply of O121 was exhausted

Scott WS6

​Series of 1921, Matured 1926

Scott PS4, Aug 1911

​Join Us!

The postal savings system was created by an Act of Congress in 1910 and began operations  01 Jan 1911.   It was created for three primary reasons:
  • to attract savings of immigrants who were used to saving through post offices in their former countries
  • banks were unstable and not regulated, resulting in a lack of trust
  • banks did not exist in many rural areas, but post offices did

Scott WS4

​Series of 1919, Matured 1924

Scott WS9, 1942

Scott PS7, 1940

After the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, stamps similar to the American on Guard series were issued, but designated as War Savings stamps.  The design retained the Minuteman in the center with vertical lettering of United States on the left and War Savings on the right.  The $.10 and $.25 cent stamps were also issued in coils in Aug 1943.  The $5.00 stamp was issued in 1945 but printed with a 1942 date.

Scott WS5

​Series of 1920, Matured 1925

Scott PS15, May 1941

Between the World Wars

Scott O122

​Feb 1911

Scott S4, 1957

Scott PS14, May 1941

Scott WS3

Rouletted

​Series of 1918, Matured 1923

Scott O123

​Feb 1911

Scott PS12, May 1941

Scott S3, 1956

​​​World War I - War Savings Stamps

Scott WS8, 1942

   United States Postal Savings System

Postal Savings Official Mail stamps were used by individual post offices to correspond with business and individuals as well as provide the Assistant Postmaster General with account reports -- money on hand, deposits and withdrawals.

Scott PS9, 1940

Scott S1, 1954

Scott WS7, 1942

Scott PS10, 1940

Scott S2, 1954

Scott S6, 1958, 48 stars

Memphis Stamp Collectors Society

Memphis, Tennessee

Scott PS11, May 1941

Scott O126

​Feb 1911

The first War Savings stamp was known as a "thrift stamp".  Five additional stamps, now called War Savings Certificates, were issued.  The value of each stamp was $5.00 but sold at a discount of $4.12 if purchased in January.  The purchase price increased $.01 each month, earning 4% interest and matured in five years.

Scott PS13, May 1941

Scott  WS11,

1945

The Minuteman image is based on a statue located at Old North Bridge in the Minuteman National Historic Park, Concord, MA.

Scott  WS10,

1942

Scott S5, 1956

Scott PS1, Jan 1911

With the end of World War II and the Korean War, Postal Savings continued to grow with the emphasis on the purchase of Savings Bonds.  A new Savings Stamp series, again using the Minuteman design, was issued with the words War Savings replaced by Savings Stamps.  The lowest denomination stamps were also issued in booklets again.  

Scott PS8, 1940

Scott WS1

​Dec 1917