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Norway: Labels: Patriotic, Political, and Military Labels  
Labels are issued for many purposes, including commercial advertising and promotion; fundraising (usually then called "seals"); propaganda, publicity, and education; non-governmental payment receipts (example: union dues); and series issued for label collectors. (Post-office issued labels will be considered separately.) In the early part of the 1900s, collecting labels issued in series was very popular, with a few issuers publishing albums (but not in Norway to my knowledge); usually one had to buy a product or visit a store to obtain a label for the album. The term "poster stamps" is often applied to many labels because they are really miniature posters. Labels often look like stamps, but can range from smaller to much larger; from boring and crude to stunning works of art; and from very inexpensive to quite valuable. Some collectors seek labels either for specific thematic appeal or for design elements of the artwork. Norwegian labels, in both overall variety and quantities printed, seem to be few and far between compared to the masses issued in many European countries during the early 1900s. (In Scandinavia, Danish issuers were by far the most prolific, with Swedish issuers well behind and the other countries with many fewer issues. Approvals are available from all Scandinavian countries.) Even the most "common" of labels is usually extremely scarce compared to the postage stamps of the same time period; there are many $5 labels that would be worth $500 if they were postage stamps. It is important to note that, over the years, labels have not received the same level of care usually afforded to postage stamps and thus labels are much more likely to have condition problems. Lesser condition always affects the value, but do not automatically pass up a label for that reason alone; you may never see another example of it.
Norwegian Legion for Finland Labels  Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 
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In 1941, some Norwegians sympathetic to the Nazi German cause formed Den Norske Legion (The Norwegian Legion) with the intent of forming two battalions to defend Finland, alongside Finnish (and German) forces, against the Soviet Union. Only one battalion was successfully formed; by the end of 1941, the Legionnaires numbered over 1200. However, contrary to Norwegian expectations, the Legion was quickly German-ized with the soldiers wearing German SS uniforms; the first two Norwegian commanders resigned rather than serve under tight German control. By February 1942, instead of being sent to Finland, the Legion was sent to reinforce German forces fighting at Leningrad. The Legion suffered heavy casualties. By summer 1943 the Legion had been disbanded; some of the soldiers joined German units, others returned to Norway.

In Norway, under German occupation, on 1 August 1941 as a recruiting and propaganda tool, the stamp Scott #B24 "Norwegian Legion" was issued, picturing the Norwegian and Finnish flags. Around the same time, a fundraising label was issued to help support the Legionnaires. The label pictures a medal with a helmet and the text "DEN NORSKE LEGION", flanked on either side with Norwegian and Finnish flags, all on a yellow background. The labels were crudely printed and perforated; size and centering varies greatly with only Fine as the norm. VF or better examples are scarce. Examples genuinely "tied" on covers exist, but are rare.
230836
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Norwegian Legion label with F-VF centering (which for the label means that the perfs may cut/touch on one side). This is a bit better than usual centering for this crudely produced issue.
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32.00

230837
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Norwegian Legion label with Fine centering (which for the label means that the perfs may cut/touch on two sides or be significantly cut on one side). This is the typical centering for this crudely produced issue.
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28.00

230838
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Norwegian Legion label with F-VF centering (which for the label means that the perfs may cut/touch on one side). This is a bit better than usual centering for this crudely produced issue. 4-Block.
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119.00

Patriotic  Shopping Cart: Review or Check Out   Top 
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231751
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"ALT FOR NORGE / BRUG NORSKE VARER" (All for Norway / Buy Norwegian Goods). Issued in 1908 by Landsforeningen Norsk Arbeide; a smaller design was issued in 1910. Pictures factory, shipping, railway, and midnight sun. VERY SCARCE in any condition and much sought after by railway thematic collectors. Carmine Red, perforated on yellowish white paper. Mint F-VF no gum.
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25.00

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231750
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"LEDINGEN / FRIVILLIG NORSK FORSVAR" and Viking ship. 1932 (per Ljřdal) Red on yellow paper, perforated. The town of Leiranger was known as Ledingen until 1910; later issue had text "LEIDANGEN". The other text relates to voluntary Norwegian defense. Used VF with machine postmark that was used 1924-38. Scarce Viking thematic item.
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15.00

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231748
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"HAR DU GJORT DITT FÖR / NORGE" Boy and Girl, waves, NORGE in red. Printed by Esselte (Stockholm, Sweden). Perhaps is Swedish issued. Appears to be early post-WWII appeal to help Norwegian children. Imperforate, no gum, thin. Despite condition of backside, this is a very scarce and attractive label.
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15.00

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231749
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"H7 / 1872 * 1947" cut-to-shape crown over rectangle. Red printing on gold-surface, embossed. Celebrating King Haakon VII 75th birthday. Mint VF lightly hinged. Unusually nice quality.
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10.00

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