1928 February 1

Post Office Bans “Protest Against the Marines in Nicaragua” Stickers on Envelopes


Attaching stickers with political messages to first-class mail was used by activists in the 1920s and 1930s. The stickers were similar to non-political ones related to holidays or charitable cases. In this and other cases, the Post Office banned some stickers because they criticized the U. S. Government. This particular ban protested the presence of U.S. Marines in Nicaragua, in an early chapter of a struggle involving U.S intervention in Nicaragua.

U.S. intervention later became a major scandal in the 1980s because of secret and illegal actions by members of President Ronald Reagan’s administration, including the president himself. For the beginnings of the Iran-Contra scandal, see October 5, 1986, and November 3, 1986.

Learn more: Thomas Walker and Christine Wade, Nicaragua: Living in the Shadow of the Eagle (2011)

And more about the Iran-Contra Scandal: Theodore Draper, A Very Thin Line: The Iran-Contra Affairs (1991)

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