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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 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 #5062-63 were issued on opening day.
May 28, 2016

World Stamp Show 2016

On May 28, 2016, the doors opened on America’s 11th International Stamp Exhibition, World Stamp Show 2016.

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 US #C117 was issued on this day in 1988.
March 29, 1638

Founding of New Sweden 

On March 29, 1638, the New Sweden Colony was established, encompassing parts of present-day Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

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 US #4692 pictures an undated photo of Piaf on a Paris stage.
December 19, 1915

Birth of Edith Piaf 

Singer, songwriter, and actress Édith Giovanna Gassion, better known as Édith Piaf was born on December 19, 1915, in Belleville, Paris, France.

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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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