Franklin Roosevelt

1984 National Archives stamp
June 19, 1934

The Founding of the National Archives

On June 19, 1934, President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation creating the National Archives. The archives houses billions of historic documents, photographs, maps, videos, and more.

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1984 Soil and Water Conservation stamp
April 27, 1935

The Soil Conservation Service

On April 27, 1936, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the Soil Conservation Act. The act established the Soil Conservation Service (SCS) to reduce and repair the damage caused by soil erosion. The SCS’s work was expanded and continues today as the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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2009 Villard and Bates stamp
March 13, 1872

Birth of Oswald Garrison Villard

Journalist and civil rights activist Oswald Garrison Villard was born on March 13, 1872, in Wiesbaden, Germany. He was an editor of the New York Evening Post and a founding member of the NAACP.

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 US #O117 – War Department Official Stamp
January 15, 1943

The Pentagon 

On January 15, 1943, construction on the Pentagon, the world’s largest office building, was completed.

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 US #930 pictures Roosevelt and his upstate New York home at Hyde Park.
January 14, 1943

Casablanca Conference

On January 14, 1943, Allied leaders met in Casablanca, Morocco, to discuss the next stage of World War II.

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 US #908 – FDR personally selected this stamp design to show the world why the US entered the war. 
January 6, 1941

Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms

On January 6, 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt gave his “Four Freedoms” speech while delivering the State of the Union Address.

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 US #1087 was designed to symbolize the struggle against polio.  
January 3, 1938

March of Dimes 

On January 3, 1938, President Franklin Roosevelt established the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, later renamed the March of Dimes.

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 US #3546 was the first US Thanksgiving stamp.
December 18, 1777

First National Thanksgiving

On December 18, 1777, the United States celebrated its first national Thanksgiving.  The celebration was in reaction to the recent victory at the Battle of Saratoga.

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 US #940 honors all those who served in WWII and pictures the Honorable Discharge emblem.
November 29, 1944

Honorable Discharge 

On November 29, 1944, the War Department officially adopted the honorable discharge emblem.

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