New York State Archives, NYSA_A0412-78_B33_F14_Cortland_8th
A group of eighth-graders sold Thrift Stamps for the war effort, Cortland, New York, c. 1917.
Who was most likely to purchase Thrift Stamps and War Savings Stamps?
How do you think selling and buying Thrift Stamps encourage patriotism?
Why did the government make such an effort to allow the lower economic classes to contribute to financing the war?
How do you think the students in this photo felt about their contribution to the war effort?
Where does your country currently have troops involved in conflicts? How could you help with these efforts?
What were some of the financial costs of World War I? Besides financial, what are some other costs associated with war?
Math: If thrift stamps cost $.25, how much did 16 stamps cost? If you exchanged your War Savings Certificate for 5 dollars in 1923, how much of a profit did you make on your investment? What was the percentage of your profit?
English Language Arts: Write a letter to a relative requesting that they purchase war stamps from you. Explain why you are selling the stamps and give two reasons why they should purchase War Saving Stamps from you.
Art: Design your own advertisement to sell Thrift Stamps.
Kennedy, David. Over Here: The First World War and American Society. New York: Oxford University Press, 1980.
Monaghan, M.V. Uncle Sam’s Shelf IN Primary Education: A Monthly Journal for Primary Teachers. Vol. XXVI No. 1, p. 17, January 1918.
Wynn, Neil A. From Progressivism to Prosperity: World War I and American Society. New York: Holmes and Meier, 1986.