First Food Stamps printed in 1939

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First food stamps printed in Washington, D.C., April 20, 1939. Food stamps, the latest in the Roosevelt’s administration’s plans to reduce the farm surplus, came off the presses today at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. Of yellow and blue, the stamps will be issued to persons on relief who will be able to cash each one dollar stamp for food worth a dollar and fifty cents. Imogene Stanhope, printer’s assistant at the Bureau, is pictured pulling the first batch off the press.


Source: Library of Congress

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