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1907 American Red Cross Christmas Seal - Type II - inscribed
December 7, 1907

First Christmas Seals 

On December 7, 1907, the first Christmas Seals went on sale. The first stamps were created to help save a Delaware tuberculosis sanitarium, but later issues went on to support the Red Cross, National Tuberculosis Association, and American Lung Association.

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2014 49¢ Rudolph; Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
December 6, 1964

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

On December 6, 1964, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first premiered on television.  Based on a popular book and song, it became an instant classic, appearing on television every year since.

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1894 1¢ Hawaii, yellow, Coat of Arms
November 28, 1843

Hawaiian Independence Day 

On November 28, 1843, France and the United Kingdom officially recognized Hawaii as an independent kingdom.  The day has since been celebrated as Hawaiian Independence Day.

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1931 30¢ Bison, brown
November 5, 2022

National Bison Day

Since 2013, National Bison Day has been held on the first Saturday in November, which falls on November 5, 2022. Once close to extinction, bison populations have recovered due to prolonged conservation efforts and in 2016, the bison was made America’s national mammal.

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2021 58¢ Day of the Dead – Man's Skull with Hat
November 1

Day of the Dead

Celebrated annually on November 1, the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) is a time to celebrate lost loved ones. While the holiday is a relatively modern tradition, its origins date back thousands of years.

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2016 47¢ Jack-O'-Lanterns, 4 Stamps
October 31

Happy Halloween! 

Do you know some of the early origins of Halloween? Or how Jack-o’-lanterns got their name? Read on to discover lots of neat Halloween history…

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1988 20.5¢ Transportation Series: Fire Engine, 1900s
October 30

Mischief Night

In parts of the US, Canada, and Great Britain, October 30 is celebrated as Mischief Night. It’s a night for older children, teens, and adults to engage in a little mischief, and has a history dating back to the 1700s!

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1983 20¢ US and Germany
October 12, 1810

The First Oktoberfest

The first Oktoberfest began on October 12, 1810.  Initially a celebration for the crowned prince’s wedding, it’s grown to become the largest folk festival in the world.

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1948 3¢ Volunteer Firemen 300th Anniversary
October 9, 1920

First National Fire Prevention Day Proclamation

On October 9, 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first presidential proclamation of Fire Prevention Day.  Fire Prevention Day is held in October to commemorate and remind us of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

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