Americana

1974 10¢ First Continental Congress
September 9, 1776

The “United Colonies” Become “United States” 

On September 9, 1776, the Second Continental Congress declared that the United Colonies would now be known as the United States.

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2001 34¢ Amish Quilts
August 9, 2001

American Treasures Series

On August 9, 2001, the USPS inaugurated the American Treasures Series with the issue of four stamps depicting Amish quilts. The series would span more than a decade and feature paintings, tapestries, glassware, and more.

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1974 6.3¢ Liberty Bell, rotary press coil, veritcal perf 10
July 8, 1776

Liberty Bell Rings for Independence 

On July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell was rung to announce the reading of the Declaration of Independence.  

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1957 4¢ Old Glory, 48 stars
July 4, 1957

First US Flag Stamp

On July 4, 1957, the US Post Office issued its first stamp with the US flag as the central element.  It was also the first stamp printed by the Giori press, which allowed the design to be printed in its natural colors in one step.

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2001 34¢ American Illustrator J. M. Flagg
June 18, 1877

Birth of James Montgomery Flagg 

Noted artist and illustrator James Montgomery Flagg was born on June 18, 1877, in Pelham Manor, New York.  He painted dozens of memorable posters, book covers, magazine covers, and more, with the most notable being his interpretation of Uncle Sam.

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1975 13¢ Flag Over Independence Hall
April 4, 1818

The Flag Act of 1818 

On April 4, 1818, President James Monroe signed a flag act that changed the way the US flag was updated when new states joined the Union.  This act has affected every US flag issued since… 

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1955 Liberty Series - $1 Patrick Henry
March 23, 1775

Patrick Henry Delivers Famous Speech 

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry addressed the Second Virginia Convention to convince them to raise a militia.  During his rousing speech, he delivered one of his most famous statements…

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2019 State and County Fairs stamps
September 29, 1841

First State Fair in America

On September 29, 1841, New York held the first state fair in the US. Today it’s the oldest and one of the most highly attended of all US state fairs.

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1966 5¢ Johnny Appleseed stamp
September 24, 1966

American Folklore Series

On September 24, 1966, the US Post Office introduced the American Folklore Series.  The series captured the things that make our nation unique.  It honored some of the people and tales that have played an important role in our nation’s culture.

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