Postal History

1966 6¢ Prominent Americans: Franklin D. Roosevelt
January 30, 1882

Birth of President Franklin Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born on January 30, 1882, in Hyde Park, New York.  As president during two of the most serious events of the twentieth century – the Great Depression and World War II – FDR implemented sweeping reforms and negotiated powerful coalitions with world leaders that led to an Allied victory. 

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1932 2¢ Third Olympic Winter Games
January 25, 1932

First U.S. Olympic Stamp 

On January 25, 1932, the US Post Office Department issued its first stamp honoring the Olympic Games.  Those games were the first to be held in the US.

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1960 4¢ American Credo: George Washington
January 20, 1960,

American Credo Series

On January 20, 1960, the US Post Office Department issued the first stamp in the American Credo Series. The stamps feature quotes from notable Americans, honoring “the ideals upon which America was founded.”

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1898 1¢ Franklin, deep green, double line watermark
January 17, 1898,

Universal Postal Union Colors

On January 17, 1898, the first US stamp created to conform to the change in colors recommended by the Universal Postal Union was issued.  The UPU had recommended the standardization of colors to make international mail easier to process.

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1978 13¢ Indian Head Penny
January 11, 1978

America’s Smallest Postage Stamp 

On January 11, 1978, the USPS issued its smallest postage stamp, featuring the famed Indian Head Penny. The stamp was a USPS experiment to cut costs and increase output.

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1908 1¢ Franklin, green, double line watermark
December 29, 1908

First Nationwide Coil Stamp Issued

On December 29, 1908, the US Post Office Department issued its first coil stamps on a national scale. These stamps ushered in a new era in both mail delivery and philately.

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1956 3¢ Children of the World
December 15, 1956

First Student-Designed U.S. Stamp

On December 15, 1956, the US Post Office issued its first stamp designed by a student. The stamp was the result of a nationwide contest encouraging children to get involved in stamp design.

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2014 $2.00 Circus Souvenir Sheet Imperforate
December 10, 2014

Scarce Circus Souvenir Sheet

On December 10, 2014, the USPS issued the scarce $2 circus souvenir sheet. Issued in two formats, it sold out before it was even issued, and even scarcer errors were later discovered…

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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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