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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 US #874 from the Famous Americans Series.
April 26, 1785

Birth of John J. Audubon 

Jean Rabin Audubon (later known as John James Audubon) was born on April 26, 1785, in Les Cayes, Saint-Domingue – today’s Haiti.

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 US #QE4 was issued on this day in 1925.
April 11, 1925

Special Handling Stamps

On April 11, 1925, the US Post Office issued its first Special Handling stamp, #QE4.

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 US #1633-83 was issued on this day in 1976.
February 23, 1976

America’s First 50-Stamp Se-Tenant

On February 23, 1976, the USPS issued its first 50-stamp se-tenant.

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 US #3236m pictures Bierstadt’s painting The Last of the Buffalo. Click the image to order.
January 7, 1830

Happy Birthday, Albert Bierstadt

Artist Albert Bierstadt was born on January 7, 1830, in Solingen, Germany.

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 US #B4 – US semi-postal that raised funds for Wildlife Without Borders.
December 28, 1973

Endangered Species Act 

On December 28, 1973, President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law in an effort to protect threatened species from extinction.

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 US #3182k from the Celebrate the Century series.
November 16, 1902

Teddy Roosevelt and Teddy Bears

On November 16, 1902, a cartoon appeared in a newspaper that inspired the creation of the first teddy bears, named after President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

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 US #743 from the 1934 National Parks Issue. Click image to order.
June 29, 1906

Mesa Verde National Park

On June 29, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt established Mesa Verde National Park, the first American park created to “preserve the works of man.”

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