Maryland "Star Spangled" Chapter #1
On January 25, 1934, four women visited the White House to ask President Roosevelt to authorize the issuance of a special postage stamp to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of Mothers Day. The women were Mrs. W. E. Ochiltree, National President; Mrs. H. H. McCluer, past National President; Mrs. Howard G. Boone, first National vice-president; and Mrs. Virginia Jenckes, United States Congresswoman from Indiana.
The idea of a Mothers' Day stamp originated in the mind of Mrs. McCluer who had long been interested in collecting stamps. These loyal American War Mothers were of the opinion that the American War Mothers would do much to show appreciation of the nationwide observance of Mothers Day by sponsoring a postage stamp to be known as a Mothers Day stamp.
The design of the stamp was chosen by President Roosevelt who said "Wouldn't Whistler's Mother make a pretty stamp?"
The release of the issue of the stamp dated Wednesday, March 28, 1934, called for the initial printing of two hundred million of the new stamp of three cent denomination to be placed on sale on Tuesday, May 1st.
The American War Mothers arranged for an appropriate cachet (first day issue envelopes) and after a conference with Mr. Albert F. Kunze, president of the Washington Philatelic Society, and Mr. David H. Davenport, an active member of the American Philatelic Society, engaged these two gentlemen to manage a campaign for the sale of the cachet. An office was opened at the American War Mother Headquarters, 1527 New Hampshire Avenue, Washington, D. C. A staff of six stenographers worked for more than two months under the direction of Mr. Kunze and Mr. Davenport, caring for order for the special cachet and addressing them, ready to be mailed on the first day of the sale of the stamp. Proceeds from the sale of the cachet were used for relief work of the organization.
The ceremony at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, on Friday, April 13, when the first printing of the Mothers Day stamps was run, was very interesting. Postmaster General James Farley made a brief address and predicted that the new stamp would be the most popular stamp ever issued. Which statement was proved true.
Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt represented the mothers of the land, and with her came Mrs. Henry Morganthau, Jr., wife of the Secretary of the Treasury. The American War Mothers delegation consisted of Mrs. Ochiltree, Mrs. McCluer and Mrs. Boone, the original sponsors of the stamp.
We meet four times a year, March, July, September, December, at member's homes, from 1:00 .m. - 3:00 p.m.
The National Flower of the American War Mothers is the Carnation.