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Women in World War II greeting cards collection

Identifier: MSS 22 small

Scope and Contents

The Women in World War II Greeting Collection is comprised of 25 World War II greeting cards designed to appeal to woman. To pass the censors, the cards were inoculated with light-hearted humor as well as some risqué humor. The cards represent a wide range of patriotic themes including the physical dangers, probable lack of food, interactions with superiors, and encounters with the opposite sex.


  • Creation: 1942 - 1945

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open and available for research in the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections' reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the authors of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. For photocopy and duplication requests, please contact the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections, Michigan State University Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

In response to the United States War Department's order to reduce paper use by 25%, the Greeting Card Association (GCA) was formed in 1941 under the leadership of George Burkhardt. Seeking the preservation of the greeting card industry, the GCA launched defense stamp Christmas cards and v-mail greeting cards to promote the sale of bonds and war stamps. These efforts were soon followed by the campaign, greeting cards in wartime, an effort to keep families and soldiers in touch with each other and boost morale. In conjunction with the Red Cross, the industry provided millions of cards to wounded soldiers to write home. The cards were designed to appeal to women and to pass military censors. They are innocuous and light-hearted with some featuring risqué humor.


.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged alphabetically by author/sender.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired by purchase October 8, 2012

Processing Information

Processed by Leslie M. Behm in November 2012.

Finding Aid for the Women in World War II greeting cards collection,1942-1945
4 Published And Cataloged
Finding aid prepared by Leslie M. Behm.
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Repository Details

Part of the Stephen O. Murray and Keelung Hong Special Collections Repository

MSU Libraries
366 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing MI 48823 USA