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Se-tenant booklet pair
March 11, 1977

First Se-Tenant Booklet Stamps

On March 11, 1977, the USPS issued its first se-tenant stamps in booklet form.  The stamps had two different denominations, one to meet the first-class rate and one to meet the postcard rate.  This issue also included the first multi-color booklet stamp.

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 US #1352 – from the Historic American Flags Issue
December 3, 1775

The Grand Union Flag

On December 3, 1775, the Grand Union flag was reportedly flown for the first time.

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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 #319 – the redesigned “Shield” stamp
November 12, 1903

Washington Flag and Shield Stamps

On November 12, 1903, the new 2¢ Washington stamp was issued with a new design after the earlier stamp was deemed disappointing. 

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 US #2561 was issued for the 200th anniversary of the capital’s naming in 1791.
July 16, 1790

District of Columbia

On July 16, 1790, the District of Columbia was established with George Washington’s signing of the Residence Act.

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 US #2014 was issued for the garden’s 50th anniversary in 1982.
July 14, 1932

International Peace Garden

On July 14, 1932, the International Peace Garden was dedicated, representing the peaceful relationship between the United States and Canada.

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 US #2336 – Delaware ratified the Constitution on December 7, 1787.
July 4, 1987

Bicentenary Statehood Series

On July 4, 1987, the USPS issued the first in a series of stamps honoring America’s first 13 states.  The series honored each state’s 200th anniversary of statehood as well as the bicentennial of the ratification of the Constitution. 

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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 #737 pictures James A. Whistler's Portrait of My Mother.
May 10, 1908

The First Mother’s Day

On May 10, 1908, the first official Mother’s Day celebration was held in Grafton, West Virginia.

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