Joint Issues

1988 22¢ Australia Bicentennial
January 26, 1788

Australia Day

On January 26, 1788, the first British prisoners arrived in Australia, establishing an experimental penal colony. Though the colony struggled at first, it eventually thrived and became an independent commonwealth.

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US #2349 – US joint issue stamp with Morocco
July 17, 1987

First U.S.-Morocco Joint Issue 

On July 17, 1987, the USPS issued its first joint issue with Morocco, commemorating 200 years of diplomatic relations.

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 US #2198-2201 – America’s First Commemorative Booklet
January 23, 1986

First U.S. Commemorative Booklet

On January 23, 1986, the USPS issued its first commemorative booklet, which honored stamp collecting.

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1981 20c James Hoban Fleetwood First Day Cover (Plate Block)
December 8, 1831

Death of James Hoban

On December 8, 1831, White House architect James Hoban died in Washington, DC.

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 US #3504 was issued for the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Prize.
October 21, 1833

Birth of Alfred Nobel

Alfred Bernhard Nobel was born on October 21, 1833, in Stockholm, Sweden.

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 US #2147 had been intended for Bartholdi’s 150th birthday, though it was issued a year later.  It was also issued a year before the centennial of the Statue of Liberty.
August 2, 1834

Birth of Frédéric A. Bartholdi

Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, the designer of the Statue of Liberty, was born on August 2, 1834, in Colmar, France.

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 US #1569-70 – These stamps were issued on the same day both craft were launched into space.
July 15, 1975

First U.S.-Soviet Joint Issue Stamps

On July 15, 1975, the US and Soviet Union each issued stamps honoring the launch of their Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, their first joint space venture.

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 US #3118 – The first US Hanukkah stamp, issued on this day in 1996.
October 22, 1996

Holiday Celebrations Series 

On October 22, 1996, the USPS issued its first stamp honoring Hanukkah, which was also the first stamp in the Holiday Celebrations Series. 

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 US #2426 - The first stamp in the series picturing a Southwest carved figure. Click the image to order.
October 12, 1989

Start of the America Series 

On October 12, 1989, the USPS issued the first stamp in the America Series.

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