Murray Stamp Shop, Edinburgh
Retail shop, auctioneers, mail order
|In 1941 there were
leaflets produced by S.O.E. in the UK
for distribution in Norway by air drop. Four leaflets were
made, each in a probable quantity of
50,000, and each includes the text “Utkast
til den norske frimerkekonkurranse/
Tre andre utkast fölger pr. luftpost” (= “Essay
for the Norwegian Postage
Stamp Competition. Three others follow by air mail”). The largest part
of each leaflet is a blow-up of the
design, with three perforated “stamps” making up the
Here are details of three of the four which we have handled;
Sheet no.2, 30øre design showing Hitler wearing ludicrous Viking helmet, at sea in lifebelt, inscribed Wir Fahren Gegen Engelland. ("We are going to England")
Sheet no.3 (shown left), 20+20øre design shows Norwegian sailor putting little Nazis in a bag, inscribed Lofoton 4 Mars 1941/Bidrag til Mulkten (= Contribution to the Fine).
Sheet no.4, 30 stk sølv (= 30 pieces of silver) design showing Quisling’s head encircled by noose, inscribed Vanaere og forakt/har Quislings fared/ham bragt (= “Quisling's conduct has brought him dishonour and contempt”).
There is a useful (though perhaps not entirely accurate) article on the subject available online at this link.