Uncle Sam and Home Defense cards

Uncle Sam and Home Defense Cards

The Uncle Sam series was published by Gum, Inc., in 1941 and consisted of 2 subsets: Uncle Sam (cards 1-96) and Home Defense (cards 97-144). Uncle Sam features various depictions of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. The set, which came out before the United States' entry into World War II, focused primarily on preparedness rather than actual events (compare this to the earlier Horrors of War card set from Gum, Inc.). Deke's Collection currently is only missing two cards from the Uncle Sam series, "Blinker Signals" (84) and "The Loop" (91).

The Home Defense subset is remarkably rare due to its publication after the United States entered the war, which made it subject to various rationing restrictions. This set focuses on the preparation of the civiliation population for consequences of war. This was considered to be particularly important--cards 97-100 were even reprinted in black and white in "Pic" magazine, a popular large-format weekly magazine at the time. Currently, Deke's Collection is missing several of these cards. Numbers 121-144 are renown for their rarity.

Source: Benjamin and Eckes. (1991). The Sports Americana Price Guide to the Non-Sports Cards 1930-1960.

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