1946 US Merchant Marine Plate Block of 4 3c Postage Stamps - MNH, OG - Sc# 939

1946 US Merchant Marine Plate Block of 4 3c Postage Stamps - MNH, OG - Sc# 939

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This stamp was issued in 1946 to commemorate the achievements of the Merchant Marines during World War II. The stamp pictures a liberty ship unloading cargo. A "merchant marine" is a nation's fleet of commercial ships and the people who operate them. Since 1943, the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, has served as the training center for Merchant Marine officers. Merchant Marines play an especially important role in times of war. During World War II, the Academy devoted all of its resources to meeting emergency needs. Many merchant ships were fitted with armaments. The Merchant Marine casualty rate was the highest of any U.S. armed service. The United States has the sixth-largest Merchant Marine in the world.

 

These are real USPS postage stamps that are accepted by the USA Postal Service as payment for mail posted in the USA however the total rates on the stamps posted must equal or exceed the current appropriate postal mailing rate or extra postage must be paid.

 

The stamp set shown in the picture is a stock photo and is likely not a picture of the exact stamp set you will receive in that it may differ in plate number and/or orientation. However the item you will receive will be similar including having a plate number (if one is present in the photos) and the same number of stamps. Stamps titled as MNH, OG will have no significant creases or unnatural gum disturbances unless otherwise noted.