YMCA War Emergency Fund Stamps

The YMCA spent much of World War One providing recreational facilities for British troops behind the lines including reading rooms, canteens, concert parties and other forms of rest and recuperation for the British soldier and his allies. The YMCA was, and remains, a charity so in order to fund these operations it needed to raise money from the civilian population. One common way of raising money in World War One was to sell printed stamps that were given out to contributors who could then stick them on either their clothing to show they had supported the charity or stuck into an album or similar, much like stickers are given out today to those who donate to charities in the street. This pair of stamps were stuck to some heavy duty cardboard and so have survived the last century:

Each stamp is printed in brown, blue and red and has a central design of a YMCA hut with a gun crew in front and bell tents behind:

An advertisement the YMCA took out in the Daily Mail in June 1917 highlighted some of the work the charity performed and urged readers to donate money to help it continue:

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