Animals

2010 Monarch Butterfly stamp
May 17, 2010

Butterfly Series

On May 17, 2010, the USPS issued the first stamp in the Butterfly Series.  The stamps were created for use on envelopes that couldn’t be sorted on the USPS’s automated equipment, otherwise known as “nonmachinable.”  They’re often used for greeting cards. 

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Merian Botanicals stamp
April 2, 1647

Birth of Maria Sibylla Merian

Naturalist and artist Maria Sibylla Merian was born on April 2, 1647, in Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany. Merian spent her life studying insects and plants and capturing them in beautifully detailed paintings and drawings.

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Charles Goodnight stamp
March 5, 1836

Happy Birthday, Charles Goodnight

Cattle rancher Charles Goodnight was born on March 5, 1836, in Macoupin County, Illinois. One of America’s most famous cattle barons, Goodnight helped blaze a major cattle trail and is sometimes referred to as the “Father of the Texas Panhandle.”

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 US #3207 – 1998 5¢ non-profit rate, non-denominated coil stamp perforated 10 vertically
February 2, 1971

Convention on Wetlands

On February 2, 1971, the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands of International Importance Especially as Waterfowl Habitat, also known as the Convention on Wetlands, was signed in Ramsar, Iran.

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 US #1120 pictures an Overland Mail coach under attack and a map of Butterfield’s route.
October 10, 1858

First Overland Mail Delivery 

On October 10, 1858, the first shipment of overland mail arrived in San Francisco.

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 US #B4 – pictures an Amur tiger
September 20, 2011

Save Vanishing Species Stamp 

On September 20, 2011, the USPS issued its fourth Semipostal stamp, which raises money for wildlife conservation.

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 Item #M11851 – Mint sheet honoring Kennedy’s role in the Moon landing
September 12, 1962

“We choose to go to the Moon” Speech

On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy delivered one of his most famous and stirring speeches, to generate support for the Apollo program.

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 US #4273 features the American flag waving in “spacious skies.”
June 14, 2008

The Flags of Our Nation Series

On June 14, 2008, the USPS issued the first set of stamps in its Flags of Our Nation Series. 

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 US #B4 – The WWF led a 10-year campaign to get this semi-postal stamp issued. (Click the image for more.)
April 29, 1961

The World Wildlife Fund

On April 29, 1961, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was founded. 

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