Inventors

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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1940 Samuel Morse stamp
May 24, 1844

The First Telegraphic Message

On May 24, 1844, Samuel Morse sent the first message over telegraph. While in the Supreme Court chamber of the US Capitol, he sent the message “What hath God wrought!” over the telegraph to his assistant in Baltimore, Maryland.

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1996 Ottmar Mergenthaler stamp
May 11, 1854

Birth of Ottmar Mergenthaler

Inventor Ottmar Mergenthaler was born on May 11, 1854, in Hatchel, Kingdom of Württemberg (present-day Baden-Württemberg). Mergenthaler invented the linotype machine, which made it quicker and easier to set complete lines of type for printing presses, revolutionizing printing in the 19th century.

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1964 Goddard Airmail stamp
March 16, 1926

Goddard’s First Liquid-Fueled Rocket

On March 16, 1926, Robert H. Goddard launched his first liquid-fueled rocket in Auburn, Massachusetts. Though his work went largely unrecognized during his lifetime, today he’s known as the father modern rocketry.

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Alexander Graham Bell stamp
March 10, 1876

World’s First Telephone Call

On March 10, 1876, Alexander Graham Bell transmitted the first words by telephone, to his assistant in another room. Bell had received his patent for the telephone three days earlier.

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1997 Jukebox Colorano Silk Cachet First Day Cover
November 23, 1889

Debut of World’s First Jukebox 

On November 23, 1889, the world’s first jukebox was displayed and used at the Palais Royale Saloon in San Francisco, California.

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 US #C118 pictures Langley with his Aerodrome No. 5 – the first American heavier-than-air machine to make a free flight of any significant length.
August 22, 1834

Birth of Samuel P. Langley

Samuel Pierpont Langley was born on August 22, 1834, in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

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 US #1062 was issued on Eastman’s 100th birthday.
July 12, 1854

Birth of George Eastman

Entrepreneur George Eastman was born on July 12, 1854, in Waterville, New York.

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 US #2057 from the American Inventors series. (In 1891, he became an American citizen.)
July 10, 1856

Birth of Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was born on July 10, 1856, in Smiljan, Austrian Empire (present-day Croatia).

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