Benjamin Franklin

1978 13¢ French Alliance
February 6, 1778

France Signs Treaty of Alliance with America 

On February 6, 1778, Delegates of King Louis XVI of France and the Second Continental Congress signed a Treaty of Alliance, promising military support to each other.  French aid and manpower contributed to America’s ultimate victory in the Revolution.

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1980 40¢ Philip Mazzei stamp
December 25, 1730

Birth of Philip Mazzei

Italian physician, merchant, horticulturalist and close friend of President Thomas Jefferson, Philip Mazzei was born on December 25, 1730, in Poggio a Caiano (Prato) in Tuscany.

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1998 32¢ Uncle Sam stamp
September 7, 1813

The Origins of “Uncle Sam”

On September 7, 1813, a newspaper referred to the United States as “Uncle Sam.”  The name reportedly came from Troy, New York’s Uncle Sam Wilson, and has since become one of America’s most enduring national symbols.

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 US #308 – The border of this stamp reflects Harrison’s educational initiatives, showing muses reading and sculpting a child.
November 18, 1902

Start of the Series of 1902-03 

On November 18, 1902, the US Post Office issued the first stamp in the Series of 1902-03.

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 US #971 was issued for the 300th anniversary of this event and pictures Peter Stuyvesant.
October 4, 1648

First Volunteer Firemen in America

On October 4, 1648, the first volunteer fire department in North America was established in what would become New York City. 

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 US #2839 – Rockwell’s Triple Self-Portrait appeared on the February 1, 1960, cover.
August 4, 1821

The Saturday Evening Post 

On August 4, 1821, The Saturday Evening Post published its first issue.

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 US #617Washington at Cambridge
April 4, 1925

American Revolution Sesquicentennial

On April 4, 1925, the US Post Office issued the first three stamps in a multi-year series honoring important events and people from the American Revolution.  The stamps were issued for the sesquicentennial (150th) anniversary of the Revolution.

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 US #2038 was issued for Priestley’s 250th birthday.
March 24, 1733

Birth of Joseph Priestley

Joseph Priestley was born on March 24, 1733, in Birstall, West Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom.

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Colorano Silk Cachet Combination First Day Cover.
March 23, 1699

Birth of John Bartram 

Botanist John Bartram was born on March 23, 1699, in Darby, Pennsylvania Colony.

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