Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 30/6/2017 (1063 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
I was given a few things that were my grandfather’s back in the day. Among them was an old 1935 catalogue from The J.H. Ashdown’s hardware store where he worked. I went through every page and came across this old bank note from Germany, or so I thought.
I began doing research and discovered it was a February 1942 10 Reichsmark propaganda note, issued in Canada during the second Victory Loan drive. This note was dropped over the population of Winnipeg to make the point that the Germans could take over unless Canadians were willing to give more. The back has printed "Bonds or Bondage — The choice is yours!" from a day that was dubbed "If Day." It is in what I think is absolutely perfect condition (mint). It’s six centimetres by three cm.
— Miguel H., Winnipeg
Your research is spot on.
"If Day" made Canadians think of what it would be like if Germany had won the war. It included things like bottle caps with swastikas, a Free Press front page showing Hitler visiting Winnipeg and your bill, which is known as scrip.
These do show up from time to time, but have only a local interest.
Your bill in its condition would sell for $30 to $40.
Mike Huen is an antique dealer and owner of Mike’s General Store. If you would like to have an item appraised, email your questions and include a photo to email@example.com and put "Free Press" in the subject line, or write to Mike’s Appraisals, 52 St. Anne’s Rd., Winnipeg, MB, R2M 2Y3.
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