Civil Defense

Civil Defense Maximum Cards


Stock #: 235769
Type: Postcard
Era: Continental Chrome
Publisher: Maximum Card Collection
Postmark: 1991 Sep-3
PM City: Phoenix
PM State: AZ
Stamp: 29c
Size: 4" x 5.75" (10.25 x 15 cm)

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First Day of Issue: September 3, 1991; First Issue Location: Phoenix, Arizona. Seven months before America officially entered the Second World War with the disaster at Pearl Harbor, the Office of Civilian Defense was formed. From the outset, the OCD was an organization which made good use of civilian patriots wanting to defend their country. The agency prepared evacuation and disaster plans, recruited members to act as air-raid wardens, ambulance drivers and air-raid spotters. Air-raid wardens played a particularly crucial role in civil defense. The wardens were given responsibility for different segments of a community and tasked with keeping all the lights snuffed during the intermittent nighttime blackouts. They wore white helmets and arm bands for easy identification. The OCD also acted as a public information agency, publishing air-raid "how-to" pamphlets and encouraging its members to take first-aid training. And although disaster never came to America's shores during the Second World War, thanks to the OCD, millions of Americans were prepared to weather the worst