Inventors

2020 55¢ Fruits and Vegetables
September 6, 1916

First Modern Grocery Store

On September 6, 1916, the first self-service grocery store as we know it today opened in Memphis, Tennessee.  The store was Piggly Wiggly, and it revolutionized the way people bought groceries.

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1996 32¢ Pioneers of Communication: Frederic E. Ives
February 17, 1856

Birth of Frederic Ives

Frederic Eugene Ives was born on February 17, 1856, in Litchfield, Connecticut. He developed the first successful half-tone process and invented the “Kromskop,” which projected three identical images through different colored filters to produce some of the first color photographs.

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1996 32¢ Computer Technology
February 15, 1946

Unveiling of ENIAC

On February 15, 1946, the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) was unveiled to the public. It’s considered the first general-purpose electronic digital computer.

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1947 3c Thomas A. Edison stamp
September 4, 1882

Start of the Electrical Age 

On September 4, 1882, Thomas Edison began providing electricity to a portion of New York City, an event often considered the start of the electrical age.

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1998 32¢ Celebrate the Century - 1920s: Radio-America stamp
August 20, 1920

Early Commercial Radio

On August 20, 1920, Detroit’s 8MK radio station began daily broadcasts. Still in operation today, the station often claims to be the first commercial radio station, though a few others have also staked their claim on that title.

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2000 World Wide Web stamp
August 6, 1991

The World Wide Web

On August 6, 1991, Tim Berners-Lee published the first-ever website, heralding the start of the world wide web. The web has grown to over 1.8 billion websites today, and continues to grow every day.

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1996 Dickson stamp
August 3, 1860

Birth of William Dickson

Inventor William Kennedy-Laurie Dickson was born on August 3, 1860, in Le Minihic-sur-Rance, Brittany, France. Dickson helped invent the Kinetoscope and Mutoscope, early steppingstones in the motion picture industry.

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1926 5¢ Ericsson Memorial stamp
July 31, 1803

Birth of John Ericsson

John (Johan) Ericsson was born on July 31, 1803, in Värmland, Sweden.  He was an inventor and ship designer, most famous for his ironclad ship Monitor, which participated in the Civil War Battle of Hampton Roads.

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1940 Elias Howe stamp
July 9, 1819

Birth of Elias Howe

Inventor Elias Howe Jr was born on July 9, 1819, in Spencer, Massachusetts.  Howe is best remembered for patenting the modern lockstitch sewing machine. 

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